A Cup of Kindness

19 Oct

Blog Post #187

Wow! Today I was on the receiving end of a Random Act of Kindness and I have  to say that it felt fantastic. Of course, I have experienced many kindnesses throughout my life — from friends, family and even total strangers.  While, I recognized and appreciated all those acts of generosity, I did not consciously think about them in the same way that I do now. These days, I think of RAKs with intent — I try to purposely “do nice things” for people whenever I can. I try to notice those moments when an opportunity to act with kindness presents itself.

Today, when I was standing in line at a Starbucks, waiting to order a coffee — I received a RAK. A sweet young woman paid for my drink when she was paying for her own and her friend’s salted caramel mochas.

I cannot describe the joy that this small gesture gave me. This unexpected act of generosity filled my heart and lifted my spirits. The brief encounter had everyone around me smiling, the happiness was not only mine, but it spread around and touched everyone who witnessed the exchange.

That cup of coffee was the most delicious coffee I had ever tasted and I am more determined than ever to spread kindness all over the place!

This experience, at this moment in my life, has enabled me to understand the power and importance of spreading acts of kindness everywhere we can. I know these actions make me feel good when I extend them to others — but now, I understand the joy that receiving a kindness brings. I understand how simple it is to bring a moment of happiness into another person’s life and how it is possible to make a difference in someone’s world with one small act.

Who wouldn’t want to do that for a fellow human being?

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