What is an act of kindness?
Donating food or money to someone in need, sharing your time with someone who has no one, sharing an uplifting word, opening a door?
All of the above, actually.
An act of kindness doesn’t need to be extravagant. If you’ve been blessed financially, then by all means, use that blessing to help others. If you haven’t, then you’ve been given something else to share.
The most powerful act of kindness comes from the heart. And that act carries a much stronger meaning than you might think.
When you see someone struggling and you stop to give them a hand, you’re doing more than helping with their groceries. You’re telling them they matter.
When you stop to listen to someone who just needs an ear, whether you’re interested in the conversation or not, you’re telling them that they’re important enough to listen to.
When you send someone a letter or email just to see how they’re doing, you’re letting them know that you care about them, and they’re not forgotten.
For me, one of the strongest acts of kindness, is simply for someone to think of me. I never forget those moments, because they’re precious to me.
I had a friend see some Zevia pop while she was out shopping, and sent me a message and asked if I would like some. That small act brightened my entire day. Well, my week actually, because this girl had pop…yum.
During the fall, when I was really struggling with some personal things, my husband’s amazing parents called to let me know that they’re here for me, and that they love me.
The past two weeks I’ve been sick with this virus that I swear deserves its own disaster movie… so unpleasant. And my mom came by three or four times just to give me broth and groceries, and to check on me.
Another friend, leant me her essential oils to help with the pain and healing, and she’s sent several messages to check and see how I’m doing.
My husband drove all over the place after Halloween, trying to find pumpkins, because he knew how much I was looking forward to carving them, but I was too sick to do it. He brought some home, and we carved them on a day that I didn’t feel so bad.
(Yes, the minion is mine, because minions are fantastic Twinkie People, and I love them)
These things may seem insignificant to you, but they can mean so much to someone else.
So when you think about giving this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, don’t let money discourage you. You have far more to offer than money. Send a letter or a card to someone who needs a friend. Offer a bit of your time, a piece of your heart, a listening ear, and a bit of your joy.
Be a blessing.