It’s a smile to brighten a day, an unexpected and warm handshake, a special word to a person struggling with problems, an offer of food to a hungry stranger, a kiss for an injured child, an atta-girl or atta-boy for a job well done.
Sometime during our lives, we have all extended our hands and hearts to a person in need. We may never know how it affected the person, but we know we helped a fellow human being.
It’s sad that we read negative information everyday. I believe the other side of the story should receive as much attention. On a daily basis, I personally witness many acts of kindness…from holding doors for others, smiling at and welcoming customers and taking the time to share personal moments.
Everyone has a story to tell, and we should take time to just listen. Remember, talking is sharing but listening is caring.
Kindness does not stop with helping humans. Many people open their hearts and homes everyday to foster animals. Some of the most beautiful acts of kindness and tenderness are between humans and animals. The stories are endless, and extremely heartwarming.
There’s no better time than the present to help others realize their worth by showing kindness everyday. We only have a short time on this earth, and kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on each other. We can honestly say that kindness is contagious.
Cathy Thurman is the Executive & HR Assistant the Bank of Lee's Summit and a member of Lees Summit Cares.