“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

Is it me or am I the only one that thinks that so much of our thought process is “all about me? ” I suppose with so much negativity in the news and so much going on as we try to survive, our stress levels elevate and we forget to look outside of ourselves. Can we consciously start being more kind to one another? How about a simple act of kindness? Maybe a compliment, allowing someone to merge in front of you while in a traffic jam, using manners such as please and thank you. What about an award that you can give to your wife or husband for being the BEST spouse in the world. That will probably bring a smile to their face. :)

Below is a story that I read (source unknown), that I’d like to share with you:

“While shopping at my local store I noticed a young girl ahead of me. She had with her what looked like a newborn infant in the cart along with diapers, formula, and other food items.

The cashier rung up her items and the girl gave the cashier her credit card. The credit card was declined and the girl looked at the cashier embarassed. The cashier gave the girl the option of keeping her items in the cart while the girl went to get the necessary money.

The girl left, to go get her money. I told myself that if the girl came back, that would be my signal to help her. The girl came back at the exact moment that the cashier was done ringing up my groceries. She told the cashier, ” I have some money but not enough, so I will have to return some stuff”

I stepped up and very quietly told the cashier that I would take care of it while handing her my check card. The girl said, “No, I’ve got it.” I said, “It’s ok, consider it a random act of kindness and pass it on. I know what it’s like to be a new Mom.” The bill came to over $150, but I know that that girl will never forget it and that maybe next time she saw someone in need, if she could, she would repeat the favor. ”

Practice kindness one action at a time. “Every waterfall starts with a drop!”

There you have it my rant for this week!

Will you go out of your way to do a kind act?

I also wrote a guest post over at  A Life Less Sweet if you have a chance to visit.