Wednesday, August 13, 2008

As I was struggling to get two oversized, outdoor chairs loaded into my car today a stranger came over and asked if I needed help. He wasn't wearing an orange apron. He was just a customer like myself, taking his purchases to his truck.

I thanked him for the offer and declined his help (I'm a pretty capable gal) but it made me smile the rest of the afternoon.

To think that this one act of kindness - actually just the offer of kindness - made such a difference in my day.

Then I have this come to my inbox this evening:

World Peace
My thoughts of love contribute to the environment of peace that encircles the world.
Each one of us makes a contribution to the environment we live in. It's up to us to decide what kind of contributions we make. The good news is that it's our very nature to be peaceful and loving, positive and supportive.
As we give expression to the indwelling spirit of God, our thoughts, words, and actions flow from the love of God within us. Through prayer and in the silence of meditation, we align ourselves with the principle of divine love, which leads us in the way of peace. We practice compassion rather than judgment, build up rather than tear down, and realize that the Christ Spirit is at the heart of every person.
By living in love and being serene, we contribute to the environment of peace that encircles the world.
"Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."-- 2 Corinthians 13:11

Just for tomorrow, I challenge you to do a RAK (random act of kindness) and make someone smile the rest of the day. I think it might make you smile too.

And if you really feel like it, you can ask a friend to do the same.

Peace and Love.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget to pay it forward.

Pam said...

Great advice, which I will take!