Think back to the kindest thing you’ve ever done! Tell me, what was it? I can keep a secret I promise! Ugh, are those beads of sweat on your forehead? Please, don’t worry; this isn’t a test, well, more like a quiz (if that helps)! Okay, I’ll give you choices, in case you’re having trouble choosing just one (among all the nice things you’ve done)! So if you had to choose an answer below (whether or not you’ve done it), which one would you choose?
What’s your favorite act of kindness??!!
A. Hold the door open for someone
B. Donate used clothes, etc.
C. Coach a youth sports team
D. Rescue an animal from a shelter
E. Help a child learn
F. Donate blood
G. Donate money
H. Make a new friend
I. Give someone a compliment
J. None of the above & don’t really care
If you chose J, well, although I applaud your truthfulness, I’m afraid you failed my quiz, but don’t worry, there is still time to change your answer. I hope whichever one you chose, it left you feeling warm and cuddly inside because after all, that’s the objective. Not only do acts of kindness make the other person (charity, animal, etc.) feel good, but they should make you feel good, too and when you feel good…well, maybe you’ll keep doing nice things and encourage other people to do nice things and then before you know it, the entire planet is doing nice things all the time.
What do you think? Could this really happen? Try one (or two if you like) and we’ll find out! Now enough with you (not to be rude), but let’s talk about me! Wow, and I’ve started a (kindness) blog? Yes, I know, shocking right? Seriously though, I’m very excited to share my answer to the question! Just to refresh your bright and intelligent mind, let me rewind back a paragraph or two, and solicit an answer to the question, except this time, from me!
What is the kindest thing I’ve ever done?
My answer is manyfold (I know that’s not a real word) and yes, I’m being that person that cannot just give a direct answer but hey, what can I say, I love my words! While I’ve held the door open for so many people, even to an embarrassing length of time, for example, almost too long when the person I’m holding the door for feels inconvenienced because they have to run to the door so I don’t pull a muscle, it’s still one of my favorites. It’s instant gratification for both people! One of the greatest door holding stories I have (and I do have many) was at the Victory YMCA in Yorktown, Virginia. I held the door for a young lady and then in return she held the door for an older gentleman and before I knew it, the dominos effect had happened! The beautiful part (as if it could get any more beautiful, right?) was that everyone was smiling afterwards! It was like they had a little more pep in their step, which never hurts!
One of the worst feelings to experience is having a door slammed in your face and I’m not talking about the metaphor for lost opportunity! I literally mean a door slammed in your face, which has happened to me quite a bit. It’s not very nice! After all, what’s another few seconds of your time, plus my parents taught me that not holding the door for someone was just (and I quote) “plain rude, rude, rude”!
On the same spectrum is giving someone a compliment and making a new friend, so let me say this, that whenever I think something about someone, I usually tell them. If I love her hairstyle, I’ll tell her! If he provides great costumer service, I’ll tell him! If I love their home grown coffee, I’ll tell them! Giving compliments, in return, can lead to new friendships! What’s better than that?
Donating your time, money (if you can), blood, and personal possessions is a wonderful thing to do! I love helping behind the scenes; it’s like being part of a giant team that cares about the same charity! You are one person among the many donors that individually, are not housing every stray animal off the street, are not providing enough blood for all the transfusions in the world, but together are making a huge impact! Whether donating $1 to Petsmart charities or $1 to the American Heart Association, or $100 to The Wounded Warrior Project, every dollar counts!
Let me just say, donating clothes is a great thing for me to do because well, I seem to always have too many. I’ve had a few garage sales, but when I think back to what had transpired that morning, especially all the bargaining, it just makes me feel guilty for not donating my used clothes, books, blankets, and more to the less fortunate. I see it as a win-win because I gain more closet space while giving to those in need.
Now, please don’t yell at me, after all that wouldn’t be very polite, but answer this question (pretty please):
Are you a teacher or coach? So, what’s the verdict? Yes or no? Don’t you like how I ask the same question three different times? Wait, did I just do it again? Did I? Oops, sorry! Teaching and coaching is very gratifying and I know this because I’ve done both; they take a lot of hard work and dedication with little compensation in return. The “helping kids to grow and learn compensation” far outweighs the monetary compensation and this is precisely my point! Teachers and coaches give back to the community every single day in so many different ways and honestly, unless they win coach of the year or teacher of the year, they really don’t get near enough recognition for all that they contribute. Why do it then? We’ve already established it’s not the money that they are after, so it must be that they genuinely want to better their communities. If you are a teacher, coach, or maybe both, thank you for being kind everyday!
Da-da-da-da! CHARGE onto my final answer and that is da-da-da-da (too much?) letter D! If I had to choose, the kindest thing I’d like to do (ironically the only one I haven’t done), it would be to rescue an animal from a shelter. I’ve volunteered at animal shelters, the SPCA and the Animal Aid Society, and I’ve fostered several dogs, but I’ve never actually adopted one. I’m a huge animal lover, so this would completely melt my heart! Prince (my Italian mastiff) gave my answer two paws up because he (so desperately) wants a little brother or sister! What could be better than getting a million slobbery kisses from a once abandoned dog? Not much in our book!