Hello friends! I’ve got a new coffee conversation for you.
A few weeks ago, I was the recipient of an act of kindness. I was walking to get my dog food and the toe of my shoe somehow got caught. Down I went, face-first, into the pavement. Two lovely ladies ran to my aid. They got paper towels to stop my bleeding, and an assistant from a nearby dental office to get me an ice pack for my swelling. The two women sat with me to make sure I was safe, that I was conscious, and that I could safely get into my car and drive.
This simple act of kindness made the difference in calming me and helping me to regain my composure to carry on. I have contemplated acts of service to others ever since. Yes, we may run to the comfort of someone who has been physically hurt but what about those with other needs?
Last week I was having lunch with friends when one of the workers from the restaurant came out in tears. She sat by herself sobbing. I asked myself, “Do I intrude or act like I didn’t notice?” I came to the conclusion that what is the harm of at least offering a shoulder to cry on or just being there and sitting with her.
When we focus on the needs of others, it takes our focus away from ourselves. Not only do we help another, but our eyes and thoughts move to what is important. We will always have unmet needs, wants, and desires. When we focus on them, they grow big and feelings of disappointment, discouragement, and failure ensue. But when we meet the need of another person there is good that comes. Imagine, how it would look if we took the focus off ourselves and moved the focus to other people. How could an act of kindness help another person today? What do you think?