Friday, May 15, 2015

Kindness Begins With Me~

When I think if moments where I have felt great happiness it has usually been around a moment of kindness. Acts of kindness are tremendously powerful. I have found that simple acts of kindness can have a long lasting effect on those involved. 
The thought Pay It Forward has been used in reference to acts of kindness. 
Here is a sweet story  entitled; "Pay it Forward- Kinks in the Chain of Kindness by Don. H. Morris. 
“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” Goethe
Have you ever had someone do something really nice for you, but you didn't know who it was to thank them? When I was in graduate school on a limited budget I was running very short on funds one month. One day when I checked my mail, there was a plain white envelope with no return address. Inside was a twenty dollar bill, with a note that read, “Enjoy!” The note was unsigned. I never found out the identity of my unknown benefactor.
I still remember twenty-five years later the extra boost I got from knowing someone out there sensed my need and demonstrated their love in so tangible a manner.
Years later I heard about “Random Acts of Kindness.” The idea is that you do something unexpectedly nice for another human being, without expecting any thanks or pay. Often Random Acts of Kindness are done anonymously, as in my experience. In this way a domino effect is created. One person receives a kindness, then passes it on to others, who pass it on to still others. Tiny points of light are multiplied, until the whole world becomes brighter.
In this spirit, you can play the Generosity Game. To play, simply do something good for someone anonymously, and give them a card that says: “It’s Your Turn! Pass It On.”*
But kindness and generosity need not be either random or anonymous. In the movie Pay It Forward (Warner Brothers, 2000), a junior high class is given the assignment to do something that will change the world. Young Trevor McKinney (played by Haley Joel Osmont) decides that if people consciously choose to “pay ’em forward” when someone does something nice for them instead of “paying ’em back” for slights and insults, then the world could indeed change for the better.
Trevor started the ball rolling by doing something nice for three people, and asked each to do the same for three others. When they “paid it forward” they were to explain why they did what they did, and ask the people they helped to keep the ball rolling. At first the Pay It Forward project seemed to be a failure, since the recipients of the good deeds did not follow through with good deeds of their own. When they finally did, Pay It Forward became a popular movement across the country.
Pay It Forward was only a movie, with an unsatisfactory ending. But author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s vision lives on. Every day across the world millions of people find themselves as links in a chain. They receive many acts of kindness, both large and small, both from anonymous benefactors and from people they know and love. Many of them in turn show kindness and love to others in their lives.
So join the ranks of people who perform acts of kindness, without any thought of payment or thanks. Do something nice to brighten the day of people you encounter as you go through your life.
But don’t limit your kindness to strangers. Your friends and family need your planned, intentional demonstrations of caring, too. Be a Cage Opener who nurtures the dreams of those around you. Break chains of negative behavior by responding to insults with compliments. Look for opportunities to lift the spirits of someone who appears discouraged. Share the blessings you have received with those in need.
A popular song reminds us that “it only takes a spark to get a fire going” (from Pass It On by Kurt Kaiser). Be that spark today!
About the Author: Don H. Morris is a life coach in Memphis, Tennessee, who helps people discover their strengths and achieve their dreams. Don often uses television, movies, and popular songs as metaphors in his coaching. See more of Don’s articles here.

I  challenge to all of you dear bloggers out there; "Pay It Forward" - Join in the generosity game. Be part of a story you can share. Let's bring the joy of kindness into our lives. You can always find someone to be a recipient of an act of kindness by you.  Enjoy this challenge; it will bring a warm feeling of happiness to you. 


Marsha said...

I loved this post. Not only is it rewarding to do good deeds anonymously, it also brings a happiness to my soul when I can help someone without them feeling like they need to get even with me by doing something back.

Barb said...

Hi LeAnn~

I love the idea of, random acts of kindness. Sometimes, I think that kindness has gone out of style! I can't tell you how many times I have been trying to get my mother out of a restaurant, with young men standing right there, and not one of them will help with the door. The other day, an older man, literally ran to the door from his car to help me, I was so grateful! Kindness will never be out of style!

Don't you just love it when someone does something nice for you when you don't expect it? I'll bet you did not waste one cent of that 20.00!

I loved the movie, Pay it Forward, but I have to agree, it had a bad ending... :0(

Have a wonderful time visiting high school classmates - no way would I do that, you are a good woman!!

Great post and a good reminder to be kind!

Hugs and Love to you sweet friend!


Debbie said...

this is a really beautiful entry leann!! kindness is on my top five must be's!!!!

i pay it forward, all the time!! there are so many ways if you just keep your eyes open. yesterday a woman had 3 very small children and i helped her at her car and then returned her shopping cart to the corral for her. it's such a small thing but it instills such a great feeling!!!!!

Susan Anderson said...

So true. Kindness really comes back to you, and often the payoff is immediate.


Christy Monson said...

This is a beautiful post. My prayer each day is that I might make a difference for good in someone's life - even if it's only a small one. Lots of love to you.


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