SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
-William Arthur Ward.
The time was six or maybe some minutes after six in the evening. I had a long day at work and the only thing on my mind was to go have a peaceful rest at home after a quick but sumptuous meal. If you stayed in a part of the country where I come from, you would know that one of the places where you can have a memorable experience is at the bus stop or in a bus filled with different people airing different opinions and showing different rays of colourful behaviours.
l was so tired and I was becoming more frustrated because I had a not-too-good day and I had waited a long time for a motorcycle or an empty Keke Maruwa (tricycle). The bus stop has become so familiar, that I can't seem to settle on any funny or fascinating thing or people. But as I was becoming more frustrated with the tick-tick of each second, something did catch my attention.
At the opposite side of the road, a Keke pulled over, obviously, a passenger alighted and maybe there were some controversies between the driver and the passenger--I wouldn't know-- but I was more focused on the school girls that kept staring from the side of the Keke. At first, I thought I had something funny on my face, so I double-checked but it was more than that. They kept smiling and whispering. It wasn't a disapproving smile anyway, but a smile that purely reflected- WE ADMIRE YOU.
"Do your little bit of good where you are, it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Acts of kindness could be as simple as:
- A bright smile.
- A warm hug.
- Nice compliments.
- Buy a meal for someone in need.
- Pray for someone.
- The simple act of saying THANK YOU.
- Send money to someone, just because.
- Pick up trash or harmful objects.
- Write lovely sticky notes and put them at places where people would get to see them.
- Volunteer to participate in a community development project.
- Help a child or older person cross the road.
- Take time to care for animals.
- Digital kindness-offer to help someone online.
- Pay for a stranger
Incorporate simple acts of kindness into your daily schedule and take note of the amazing effects. The world has given us myriads of opportunities to be anything, if you are not anything, be kind, please.
Give your gift of kindness to the world always.