“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world.”
Steve Maraboli Author, Speaker and Radio Show Host
I love the notion that I can change the world for the better. I love the notion even more that I can do so with the simplest of acts, a kind gesture to another. Sometimes, we need to be inspired by the example set for us by others. I have the great fortune to work with someone whose actions embody the word kindness on a daily basis. His energy is uplifting. He almost always has a smile to share. And, he chooses to treat others, no matter their place in society, with dignity and respect. I have known him for many years and I have been changed by watching the way he lives his life. When he is brought up in conversation, there is always positive words. When he is in your presence, many people are attracted to his light. And, when you are having a challenging day, he is often the one to bring back loving perspective. He makes you want to be a better person through his example. And, I am inspired to act in ways that imitate his. I am sure we are all surrounded by people like this. I am sure that we are all inspired by people like this. Imagine if we all set out to be a person like this.
Keeping this in mind, I have often believed that it is a far more joyful experience to see the good in another person then to identify the flaws. Knowing that people are fragile, I do my best to try to touch another human soul in some small way so that perhaps that kind gesture will change a life. Most times, we will all never know what that change will look like. But, if you live your life channeling kindness like many of my friends, then you will be secure in the knowledge that it will find its way back to you. Or, even better, your acts of kindness will change the world. So why not start today and take a leap of kindness- start with one person at a time and be a part of a wave of love that we can all be proud of. Your acts can be towards a stranger, a disagreeable person and even a friend. It is the season of giving, and this is something that you can do where you will gain much and it will cost you nothing. Start with one kind gesture and keep your eyes and heart open to a more beautiful place to live. The magical feeling that you will get in return will be the greatest gift you will receive.