I think back to that awkward feeling of not knowing where anything is, and not remembering anyone’s name or where they sit.
There are several “new guys” at our office just now. So for the past few days, I’ve tried to go out of my way to make them feel welcome. I could tell by the warm smiles and look of relief that two of them really appreciated my talking to them and showing them some tricks of the trade (like where the best Post-its are kept). The third guy, well, I think I kinda scared him. Oh well. Maybe I’ll leave him be.
I came across this inspirational little story at the great helpothers.org website and wanted to share it with you:
For Children, Kindness is Impulsive
— by Yanne
Yesterday while I was busy doing my housework, my daughter ran up to me and said, “Mommy there’s someone at the gate.” I told her to ask who it was. It was an old man beggar. I heard my daughter yelling, “Mommy he wants money.” For a second I ignored her, but then it hit me what she just said.
I found my daughter taking out money from her Dad’s wallet. Instead of stopping her, I stood there amazed at her action and the realization: kids give without hesitation and their kindness is impulsive.
Then I murmured a little prayer to myself, “God, let my kids never outgrow such a value and let that value grow on us adults.”
Sure, we all want to do kindness acts as much as we can, but let’s also be honest — how many times have we acted on it in reality? How many times have we restrained ourselves from being kind? How many times have we chosen only to be kind to some?
As I witnessed yesterday, kindness and generosity requires no thought. Kindness should be impulsive, when you feel it, act on it at that very moment.
I know it might sound impossible to be kind all the time, to not think twice, to hold back because in our minds we think kindness should be given to those who deserve it and need it.
But really, who deserves and needs kindness?
WE ALL DO. THE WHOLE WORLD DOES.
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” ~AMELIA EARHART
P.S. A scene from the original The Office with Ricky Gervais. Enjoy!