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Courtesy is Kindness

I parked my car, and there was a young chap with an empty cart for my use! I thanked him, and he waited while I pulled out my own cloth bags from my back seat. His next question was “Do you need any help?” I said no, but thanked him again for his out of the ordinary courtesy and attentiveness.
My heart felt warm and light, and as I walked with the “blessed” cart into the store, I received a Spirit prompt to let the store manager know. I told my story, and was asked to write it out on a little card. I was given his name, and was told that the young man would be given special recognition.

Whee……as the Staples commercial says, “That was EASY!”

Jean, McHenry, Illinois

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Wow…What is Kindness?

Funny, I have been kinda quiet lately…and I apologize! I’ve been knee deep in alligators figuring out how to create a motivational speaking and coaching business and have been neglecting my kindness focus.

I got an interesting question and realized I hadn’t thought about it. “What do you consider kindness?”. I started rattling off all sorts of examples, stories, blah, blah, blah (not always the best at brevity). That is when I realized it is actually something simple: it is something that feels good to me and has no strings!

So, what is your definition of kindness? What does kindness look like? Feel like? Sound like? It is such a personal thing and yet it is something we share.

Since it is sometimes hard to remember all the kindnesses that happen during the day, what would you think of a “kindness log” or “kindness journal”? Maybe even something like those tablets that my mom kept by the frig…there was already a list with things like “milk, bread, juice, carrots”, etc. and all you needed to do was put a little checkmark beside what you needed. And, of course, there was a place to write in things that weren’t on the list. Remember those?

What got me thinking of this idea was sitting in the airport for endless hours waiting for delayed flights. I took out a notebook and started writing stuff I was seeing and doing. I realized that writing it helped me remember it…even if I didn’t remember to put it on this site. And I’m guessing many of you are the same way. Yes? No? Maybe?

I was thinking of something similar for kindnesses…done for you or by you. You could keep a log of them and use it to keep yourself focused on the kindnesses. How way kewl would it be to look back through the day and see that you’ve said “thank you to 5 strangers” or “10 strangers smiled at me”?

Whatcha think…would it help us all see the kindnesses all around us?

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A Dose of Kindness and Novacaine

After spending one too many nights awake and agonizing over a toothache, I reluctantly made the trip to my dentist’s office. To my dismay, I was informed that a root canal was in order. My dentist’s office did not perform root canals, so I was given the number for several local endodontists. Apparently root canals were “in season…because nobody was available until at least one month
later. I made my distant appointment and decided to wait it out.

Two days later (and two very long nights), I took my daughter back to the dentist’s office for a routine cleaning. I told the Office Manager about the terrible pain that I was still in, and the difficulty I was having finding someone to put an end to it.

The Office Manager (my super hero) immediately left her desk and found a dentist that could perform my root canal for me at that very moment. He had performed root canals in the past, but the office had made a business decision not to do so any longer. In my case, they made an exception.

Not only did they bring me out of the pain I was in, but I had my toddler with me that day and nobody was available to watch him. The Office Manager took him into her office and entertained him for the
two hours that it took to complete my root canal.

Now that is exceptional service!

Anonymous. Florida, United States