Kindness Counts- Kindness Challenge, Week 7
Wise Gandalf from The Hobbit, speaks for me for this week during the kindness challenge. He says, “I find it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay…small acts of kindness and love.” The small acts of kindness and love I experienced this week, materialized at an intersection and in a convenience store. Clearly spots where everyday deeds by ordinary folk happen.
Let’s start with the kindness that occurred at an intersection. When arriving to the intersection, a woman in a nearby car waved to signify she would wait while I turned left. Normally, I wave back as a thank you, then mentally and quickly note the polite act as I’m become distracted by my next thought. This quick, slight acknowledgment of the kind action flashes a barely perceptible fragment of happiness.
But because this week’s kindness challenge task was to count each moment of kindness; a pleasant and worthwhile experience emerged. My thoughts lingered on her kind act requiring me to be completely present. The presence opened space in my mind and heart. This space instantly and easily filled me with a quiet joy as a smile opened across my face teaching me that focused attention on a kind act is valuable….and feels great!
The other everyday deed happened last night while standing in a long, slow cash register line. I was taking the opportunity to perfect by judgement and impatience skills. While I waited holding water, milk, and cake in my hands something magical started to happen; like kindness was descending all around me.
There was a woman in front of me eagerly and sweetly chatting up someone else in line. They laughed and buzzed about a 1970s teenage pop singer. They were almost giggling like the teenage girls they once were as they spoke about their teenage crush and his hit songs. These happy ladies encouraged me to share my favorite hit song as well. The very short stroll down memory lane was fun.
Directly behind me a man chose kindness by cheerfully commenting on what a great business a convenient store is. He said, “Especially this one, there is always a long line here”. I smiled at his positive spin on this too-long and too-slow line. With his chipper attitude, he enticed a young employee, who was cleaning up the deli, to open the other register. The young employee obliged.
The energy in this store was light, understanding, and patient because these angelic people willingly doled out kindness. It felt like they were heaven sent to provide a tutorial on kindness and its magical effect.
The energy in the store reminded me of a famous fairy tale protagonist named Cinderella who is known to have said, “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.” Now, I know what she means!