Be Kind: It’s a Low Risk Investment

Kindness, be kind, note, tape, handwritten note, in the end only kindness matters

Photo Credit: Jennifer

We’ve all heard that what goes around comes around. Over the weekend I saw this home truth in action, in the best way possible.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in line at my local Bakers Delight, ready to drop my order for 8 loaves of bread (one word: teenagers). An elderly woman in front of me didn’t have enough money for her fruit loaf. Without hesitating, a young man at the counter covered the difference on his own bill.

He didn’t decide to be kind for himself. He didn’t make a fuss or ask for any glory. He just picked up his bag and went on his way.

In itself, this random act of kindness put a smile on my face. 

But what made it truly remarkable were the events that followed this weekend, when I resumed my regular position in line at Bakers.

The same young man who had covered the elderly woman’s bill had left his wallet at home. I was about to dig into my purse – but before anyone could chip in, the manager of the bakery cleared the debt and gave him his order for free.

She remembered his kindness a fortnight ago, and wanted to pay it forward.  

I know it’s only yeast and flour.

But this whole bakery episode has reminded me just how much small decisions to be kind make a big difference.

Watch this video to see what I mean:

Sometimes, choices to be kind will go unrewarded or unacknowledged. But that’s okay.

We should be kind to those around us not for anything in return, but instead for the pure act of being a good person.

For me, this knowledge in itself is reward enough.

Although I wouldn’t knock back a free loaf of bread!

With every good wish

Julie

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