Why is it the smallest thing can instantly turn my day around? I could be having the worst day of my life, but if I'm shown a tiny, insignificant act of kindness, I'm suddenly happy-go-lucky.
It could be as little as someone holding the door when I'm struggling with an arm full of groceries. It could be a driver letting me over in traffic when I'm lost and frustrated. Or it could just be a smile from a stranger after I've had a stressful day at work.
And I know I'm not the only one that feels this way.
One day after shopping, my mother was having a terrible time trying to load a piece of furniture into her car. Suddenly, two teenage girls appeared, offered their help, and wouldn't take no for an answer. That made my mother's day. She couldn't wait to call and tell me about the random act of kindness she received.
Just think about how you feel after someone goes out of their way for you. Shouldn't everyone feel like that? We have no clue what the stranger next to us is going through. And we have no clue how meaningful a small act of kindness could be for them.
I've been trying to understand why something so small could have such a big impact. Yes, I'm happy when someone is nice, but it's more than that. It's when a stranger is kind that my heart warms a bit. It gives me hope. The world is a scary place right now. But a random act of kindness sheds a ray of light in the storms we are facing.
So here's my challenge. Go be nice. Go out of your way to do one small thing for a stranger today. Hold a door. Flash a smile. Or if you're feeling really generous, pay for the person's meal behind you in the drive-through line. Share that feeling of hope.