Kindness – The Little Things

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Last week I had one of those days where you just want to turn back around and start over the second you wake up. My day started out sub-par, but quickly turned around later from one little act of kindness. Here’s what happened.

After a restless night of not sleeping, I woke up late.  I rushed out of the house to head to class and forgot my breakfast on the counter. I made it to the parking lot on time, thank goodness. My entire coffee fell on the ground, which of course, spilled everywhere. While in my first class, people were excitedly chatting about how thrilled they were to have been accepted to a vet school that released their decisions the night before. Well, that vet school happened to deny me and hearing all about everyone’s excitement was disheartening to say the least. Everything seemed to keep piling on top of one another. I sat through my first two classes and stressed over the four exams and two papers I had that week.

– One tiny event can change the entire outcome of the day –

When I left my second class, I decided to walk a different way back to my car. Along the way, I saw a girl kneeling by her bike. As I got closer, I realized that she was trying to fix her chain. I said hi, and proceeded to ask if she needed help. She said she would love the help, if I had the time. I put my stuff down and proceeded to help her yank the chain out [which was very stuck, to say the least]. Once we got the chain fixed, I gave her some hand sanitizer and we went to wash our hands. We had a conversation while at neighboring sinks, and she kept expressing her gratitude for my little act of kindness. She thanked me over and over, and explained how I had made her whole day better. We went our separate ways, and I felt so great knowing that I had successfully helped someone, even if it was something that only took 10 minutes out of my day.

My hand after helping with the bike. [Sorry it’s blurry, didn’t intend to use it before!]
Later that day, I was in lab analyzing feeds for dairy cows [so thrilling, I know]. We got to our next class, and a girl who is in both of my classes came in and asked how to get keys out of a locked car. Everyone kept suggesting to call a locksmith, which could get pricey. I remembered that I had my AAA Card on me, and offered to bring her back to her car after class, and to call for her. We sat and talked while waiting for the AAA man to show up, and became more of friends. She, too, like the girl with the bike, kept expressing how thankful she was.

– So what’s the big deal? –

Plumerias stand for Positivity in Hawaiian culture!

These two acts of kindness should be instinctual, and they are to me. The difference in this day was that I realized that the littlest thing that you can do for someone can make their entire day. The whole point of this post is to encourage you to help others, or do something little to make someone’s day. It doesn’t have to be someone you know, but it could be. I hear stories all the time of someone buying the meal for the person behind them in the drive thru. A lot of times, that kick-starts a chain reaction of everyone doing it for one another. Leave little sticky notes with “sweet-nothings” around. You could make someone’s day, especially if it is completely unexpected. Not only does it make the other person feel good, but it makes you feel great [I promise, try it out!] I encourage you to try and do something for someone else. You never know who’s life you could change!




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