“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson …
No matter how big or how small a difference it may be, this world could always use more kindness in it. The fact of the matter is, we never know how much of a difference our actions will make in someone else’s life; and more importantly, we never know how much time we have available to hold off until our kindness may be too late.
The first thing that comes to mind when hearing the above advice is being there for others who are going through depression and difficulties in their lives. These individuals are struggling now and therefore need our help as soon as possible–not next week, not tomorrow, but right now. And even the smallest act may just be the spark that they need to turn their life around. Just as a thirsty person needs a glass of water, what we have to give can be exactly what they need–compassion, kindness, concern, friendship, and so forth.
We should not be placing expectations on our kindness. Regardless of whether we see the results of our actions, whether we receive anything in return, or even whether or not our kindness is even noticed, what matters is that we have made a positive contribution towards the betterment of this world.
Do your kindness now–release it into the world. Your life will be richer; other’s lives will be richer; this world will be richer. And perhaps, you will be the difference that someone you know or care about needs; because when it really comes down to it, “you never know.”
Strive to let your natural impulse be to extend kindness.
Questions to consider:
What simple acts of kindness have others shown you that have changed your life in positive ways?
Why do we tend to feel that the help we give to others has to be deep or complex?
What are some kindnesses you can do today?
For further thought:
We restore the holiness of the world through our loving-kindness and compassion. Everyone participates. It is a collective task. Every act of loving-kindness, no matter how great or small, repairs the world. All those ever born have shared this collective work since the beginning of time.
Rachel Naomi Remen