Kindness Matters to the Next Person


I used the ladies room in a retail store today, after waiting in line. When I closed the door I noticed that the woman before me had changed the roll of toilet paper to a new role. It was brand new and had never been used. That meant she finished the last role and got out a new one for the next patron. It was a pleasant surprise and one I have never encountered before.

As the next person to use that stall it meant something to me that she showed kindness. It was a simple act that she would not benefit from, but she did it anyway. She could have skipped it and no one would have known, but she did it anyway. She chose to exhibit kindness no matter who would know. As the recipient of the kindness it made me feel worthy, and important, and reminded me that there is still goodness in the world. All that over a fresh roll of toilet paper.

When was the last time you had the opportunity to perform an act of kindness and no one would know? Did you do it? If not, why not? When was the last time you were the recipient of an act of kindness? How did it make you feel? In our busy world we forget that kindness still matters. Small acts can make a big difference. Kindness reminds us that people matter, that small things matter, that what we do does matter. When we are the recipient we are reminded of the same.

Perform one act of kindness today especially if no one will know but you…

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