I was walking down the road deep in thought. I happened to catch the eye of a lady at the bus stop. She gave me a hearty smile and I could not help but smile back. As I continued to walk down the road the smile stayed fixed on my face as I thought about how nice the lady was and how warm her smile was.
I was having one of those days where I was just going through the motions. During the course of the day I realised a voicemail had been left on my phone. It was someone simply calling to say hello and let me know they appreciated me. I cannot even begin to explain to you what that voicemail did for me that day. It really was a rough day and that voicemail injected sunshine into my gloominess. I was touched by the fact that the person had taken time out of what I know was a busy day for them, just to let me know they were thinking of me. Not in an attempt to get anything from me but just to be nice. That day their act of kindness cured me!
I rarely read the Metro nowadays because I no longer commute in the mornings. But when I do read it, one of my favourite sections is the Good Deed section where people thank others for their acts of kindness.
Generally, in London, we have become quite an unfriendly bunch of people that try to avoid contact and interaction with strangers at all costs. Maybe it’s because we are selfish, or maybe it’s because we are fearful, or maybe we just cannot be bothered. Whatever it is, it’s nice to see that some people can still do things for others without expecting anything in return, even if they don’t know them.
When we are on public transport, wouldn’t it be nice to offer your seat to someone, well, just because you can, without sizing them up to see if they are pregnant, or elderly, or have a form of disability. Just to offer them a seat, because to be honest, it would not hurt you to stand.
We need to become more self-less, which is not to think less of yourself, but simply to think of yourself, less. You never know what someone is going through and your random act of kindness can change that person’s whole day!
So the next time a person pops into your mind, why not send them a text or give them a call? Or how about the people you live or work with? The next time you pass them in the corridor let them know how much you appreciate them.
Your act of kindness could be the cure that a person needs today.
My name is Love and these are my notes.