The act of being selfless

Patricia Barra

Many times, we don’t think of little things as acts of kindness, like opening the door for someone or tipping our waitress more than the required percentage but they are.

I feel sometimes we don’t do enough of those little acts.

Kindness is a quality rarely seen, witnessed or recognized. Kindness is very important. Giving to others the way we wish people would give to us makes the world a better place, at least for the moment.

On the flip side, small acts of kindness go a long way for the person that receives them. Maybe they were having a bad day and you helped change that. If a place is really busy, the employee who is helping you is really sorry your food is taking forever and you answer with kindness, it’s okay, you understand.

Little acts like these do make a difference, even if it’s just for a moment. For example, I was working at a theater in high school. It was the premiere of a very popular movie on Christmas Eve and we were swamped.

Everything that could have gone wrong in a theater concession stand went wrong. To make matters worse I was center register so I had the longest line.

As I apologized for the thousandth time about the delay, the lady I was helping smiled and said, “You guys are doing the best job you can, and it’s okay.”

After getting dumped on by a few hundred people who were grumpy, with reason, about their food, this made my day.

I kept smiling toward the grumpy and sometimes mean customers and said to myself , “This is not that bad.”

Little things like that I rarely see. You never know what that could do to someone. Kindness is definitely needed more in the world. Of course, I am not expecting everyone to hug and sing songs, but I hope someone at least considers it for just a second.

That is my purpose.

Even giving up your seat on the bus to someone having difficulty standing or helping someone pick up their books if they dropped them could mean a lot to someone.

These, of course, are not just meant for the gentlemen, but also for the ladies.

I am constantly reminded of a quote by the late Princess Diana, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

I have found it to be true. You never know when you’ll be on the receiving end in that situation.

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