• A mom wrote in and told me about the day she and her 6-year-old son were heading home from school, leisurely enjoying the scenic route on an old, winding country road, when he suddenly and firmly said, “Stop, Mom!” Thinking he needed an urgent potty break, she pulled the car over. The young boy got out—but not to dash into the bushes as she’d expected. Instead, he bent over to pick up a baby turtle and move it to the safety of a creek along the side of the road. Mom was pretty proud that day.
So, now it’s your turn. Whether it’s the holidays that bring out the kindness in you, or you offer your generosity to others year ’round, I encourage you to make random acts of kindness just another, routine, perfectly natural part of your day. The extra change you put in the meter, the offer to babysit for the stressed-out new parents next door, the Saturdays spent volunteering at the Community Kitchen, or simply the compliment you pay to the college kid bagging your groceries…let ’em flow! And know that the world is just a little bit brighter, and more hopeful, because today, no matter your own problems, you chose to be kind.
Until next time: “Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”