A few months ago, something happened that touched my heart and made me think about random acts of kindness. We’ve all seen random acts of kindness, but there are those acts of kindness that stand out.
I was having breakfast one morning at a restaurant, and there was a homeless man about to be thrown out because he wasn’t buying anything. He was just minding his own business; not causing any trouble; just sitting there trying to keep warm. Just to keep him warm, there are some who might have bought him a cup of coffee, and that would have been a nice gesture in itself.
However, the woman sitting next to me walked up to that man and asked him to pick out a meal. She asked him what he wanted to drink with that meal and showed him true empathy. I knew her well; she was a single woman who worked hard for a living. She didn’t look down on him because he didn’t have a job or a place to live, and she treated him with respect.
Another situation that touched my heart involved a college student who saw that someone was hungry and bought them something to eat. She said to me that it was “just a hamburger.” She would have liked to have given more, but it came from all she had.
What I’m saying here is that it’s not enough to just say to our friend next to us, “Poor thing.” “Wish there was something I could do for them.” There is! It may be a cup of coffee or a $1.50 bowl of chili at a fast food restaurant, but it’s something.
We don’t perform random acts of kindness because of what we’re going to get back. Acts of kindness are gestures that come from our heart and that help another human being to realize that they do have worth.
Oh, yes. You might be wondering what happened a few months ago. There was a man who was standing on the street and had been homeless for a week. He seemed desperate and frustrated that he couldn’t find a job. Unlike many of us, he didn’t have a computer to look for work or a bed to sleep in at night. However, someone, with little means themselves, rented him a room for the night and contacted a shelter that would give him a bed to sleep in with three meals a day. Hopefully, this might be the gentle help he needed to get back on his feet.
Random acts of kindness are worth it.