“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Have you ever stacked up a line of dominos and knocked the first one down? When you knock that single domino down, the rest in the line fall down with it. Dominos at the very end of the line are affected by the first domino, which isn’t even located near it.
This same effect happens with people.
A friend of mine and I were talking this morning about how a positive segment on the news each day could create a positive spin in the world. The news often tells of tragedies, deaths, accidents, and more, but it rarely shows a cute video of a dog (yes, I am biased towards dogs) or tells stories about people helping one another out of genuine kindness. In fact, you can probably spend most of your days without seeing acts of kindness. Even if you click on Facebook, there are videos of animals being mistreated and heartbreaking stories all around. All of this negativity can create negativity in our hearts and in our minds.
If you start your day by watching the news and hearing only of tragedies, then check your Facebook account and see a video of a dog being abused, you may experience an emotional backslide. The day that started out good may soon begin to feel like a bummer.
What if we started our days with good things? What if we searched for good things as we went throughout our days?
Or more importantly, what if we created good?
My friend mentioned that by performing random acts of kindness ourselves, a domino effect could begin. After all, knocking down a single domino affected the others. So maybe if we begin to do kind things for others, the people around us and those we don’t even know may be positively affected by it.
Determining the random act of kindness, you are going to perform can be difficult. And I know one of the most common acts is paying for someone’s food in the drive-thru. If you’ve ever eaten at Chick-fil-A, you know what I’m referring to as this has happened to me several times at that location. While that is a wonderful act of kindness, we may not always have enough financial support to pay for another person’s meal. Random acts of kindness do not have to involve money at all. Leave a coupon you’ve received for someone, leave a kind note on someone’s desk at work, and so on. Get creative!
We can all begin to make a positive effect on this world. All we have to do is try.
Be kind to someone today. Be generous. Love fully. Listen to hear, rather than to respond. Let’s create a domino effect.