Our world is filled with acts of violence that make the news each day. It appears that the world is filled with evil and that there is no hope. Darkness fills the soul. But then one day a ray of light enters a person’s life. Someone commits an act of random kindness.
Acts of random kindness are committed everyday around us. Our world has become so jaded that it is difficult to notice small nourishing acts done for the human soul. This is an exploration of some random acts of kindness during a typical week.
It is a Monday and we are rushing to get to work or school on time. Everyone is in a foul mood and negative thoughts fill the air. The family is in turmoil until one of the children decides to give up their treat and put it in a siblings lunch box. At lunch time the sibling is surprised and a smile emerges on his face. There is a change in the tone of the day. The sibling decides to share the extra treat with a friend and the chain of random kindness continues. There is a ray of light in the soul.
Tuesday comes and the father feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. The company has announced that everyone will take a salary reduction in an effort to keep the company from having to shut down. The family is struggling to make ends meet and the father’s soul is beaten to the core. Walking around the corner at lunch he sees a homeless man on the street. Without thinking the father hands the man a dollar and his lunch. All of the sudden the father remembers that his family is together and that there is love in the house. Random kindness has renewed the father’s soul.
It is Wednesday and the middle of the week. The mother is doing the family errands. There is food to get at the grocery store. It has been a frantic day at her job and she is in a bad mood. Someone has not put their shopping cart where it belongs and now there is a scratch on the car. Then the mother sees a young man running trying to collect the shopping carts and put them in the correct place. He looks frazzled and tired. The mother gets out of her car and begins collecting buggies and putting them in the proper place. The young man smiles and thanks her for this kindness. The mother smiles and both lives are brightened by acts of random kindness.
Thursday comes and it is a busy day for all the family. There are school activities in the evening. The youngest child decides to secretly pack a treat for the family to enjoy later in the evening. The tired family returns home to an unexpected treat. Smiles and laughter are now the order of the day. Random kindness has again renewed the soul.
Friday is here and the weekend is near. The family has decided to have a game night with pizza. There is an elderly person that lives near them and does not have visitors. The family invites this elderly person to their home to join them. All involved enjoy the evening of conversation and food. This random act of kindness has nourished the souls of everyone.
Saturday is a work day for the family. There is yard work to be done and the house to be cleaned. The oldest child has noticed that a family down the street has an unkept yard. The mother remembers that there is a sick family member and all resources have been used to care for the family member. The oldest child suggests that their family clean up the yard and take a meal to this family. The random kindness nourishes the souls of both families.
Sunday comes and it is a day of rest and reflection. The family gives thanks to God for all the blessings that have been given to them. The act of random kindness on this day comes in the form of saving a group of small birds from being the meal of a feral cat. The youngest child chases the cat from the fence where the bird house hangs. The youngest child’s efforts ensures the baby birds will survive another day.
Random acts of kindness nourish our souls in a dark world. Seeing all the violence in the world is a frightening thing that can discourage us. When we commit acts of random kindness hope is restored to all that we encounter.
copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce
An especially good message in the world today, thanks.
Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading.
Your point is well made. I do believe if there were more acts of random kindness,
there would be fewer acts of random violence.
Thanks for reading the blog. Agreed. Random kindness is a powerful thing.
You are welcome.
If everyone were to make this a habit, it wouldn’t be random anymore. Wouldn’t that be glorious?
Thanks for reading. It would be a glorious time indeed!
Love the way you put this together. And, you are so right about the world needing more of these simple, random acts of kindness. Soulful goodness for us and the recipient:-).
Thank you for reading my blog and for the kind words. Have a good day!
I needed this! Thank you!
You are welcome. Thanks for reading.
Acts of random kindness will probably never change the world, but changing someone’s life can be positive for everybody.
Thanks for reading. I agree. Random acts of kindness are a place to begin the chain to change people’s lives.
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I read before and I re read it again today…it has beautiful message and something to take away.
Thank you. Random kindness is something that I try to practice each day. Thanks for reading.
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Well, now I’m hungry… but my soul is full.
Thank you for sharing this!
Thank you for your kind words. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for checking out my site to I would know about yours. I have been a big believer of random acts of kindness for a long time. In fact I just got back from a short trip and as I was sitting in the airport, I noticed how kind a Southwest employee was being to travelers asking her the same question over and over so I made a point of telling her I noticed her kindness and appreciated it.
You are welcome. Thanks for sharing your story on random kindness. I think that we can make a difference in people’s lives by being kind. Thanks for reading.
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