kindness. (noun) the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
We all know kindness. At some point and time we have shown this act or we have received it. But though we all know it – have we felt it from others in other ways besides the generosity? Holding the door. Gentle smile. Thanking your childs teacher just because.
Football Superstar and I found this to be our Saturday evening topic. On the eve of his birthday we somehow found our way to the kindess conversation. Perhaps it was our waiter from my husbands birthday dinner earlier in the day. He was kept busy from the number of tables he was responsible on this busy Saturday. And with every hand wave from patrons who needed another beverage or wanted to add something more to their order….he continued to smile. That smile could have been very much just plastered on due to the overwhelming responsibility. I honestly never waited on tables or worked behind the scene in a restaurant so I don’t know how draining it can be. College Daughter worked for two years during her summer breaks while she was in high school at a popular Italian restaurant. I admired her ability to tollerate the intollerant hungry patron(s) on a busy Saturday night. She would tell me you just keep smiling and serving. So when does the act of kindess come in? When you walk into a restaurant and see the line forming around the bar, then you know the wait for your special table will be 45 minutes. Not fifteen. Instead of coming up with another dinner plan, we wait. And we wait. And we wait. And finally as we are seated we begin to internally blame the waiter/waitress for the long wait. I’ll never understand this. Wouldn’t it be a great time to greet your waiter/waitress with an act of kindess – whether they greeted you first or not?
Sometimes when we share a smile it can be contagious. And if your smile doesn’t become contagious to the one you gave your smile to….that’s okay. Just keep spreading the germ of kindness. It’s free.
During service on Sunday the words kindess, caring, love and patience came out in bold words from our guest speaker. Football Superstar and I shared a glance – shaking my head with a giggle because here was the topic from Saturday evening! The highlite of this topic was remembering why we show the act of kindess. Not for our own acknowlegement or the fast pass to Heaven.
Has society accepted the lack of kindess? Are we just too busy in our daily routines running here and there or getting to point A in order to get back to point B on time without stopping to see we forgot to do one kind act – today?
This post wasn’t some profound statement. I just felt like posted the word – Kindness.
In the words of Buddy the Elf….”I like smiling, it’s my favorite”. And if you can begin with a smile as an act of kindess well then we’re on a good start.