This week the Kindness Challenge was to observe evidence of kindness all around you. It is amazing what this challenge did to add joy to my life.
The week started with reading the story of a teacher who wants to teach in the U.K. and puts out a call for help and within weeks has all the information she needs is provided by fellow bloggers.
It continued with me wanting to buy flowers for one of our employees who was retiring. When I purchased the flowers there was not a box to transport the flowers. The cashier searched and found box and placed the flowers in the box. Kindness #1. But when I saw the flowers in the box I was dismayed. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get them out without injuring the arrangement. Kindness #2. Instead of being frustrated with me the cashier proceeded to find an exacto knife and fix the box so that I could easily retrieve the flowers without damage.
Later in the week I was treated to a story about a lovely set of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The grandparents speak limited in English and the story was about how everyone in the neighborhood aids them with this task. It goes on to touchingly tell the lovely things the grandparents do for the neighbors to thank them for their kindness.
I finished the week last night by attending a splendid retirement dinner for my friend, Peggy. My family has been the recipient of endless gifts of kindness from Peggy for the last fourteen years that she has cared for our son. I always knew in my heart that Peggy was not only kind to Andrew but kind to all people who she has come to know.
Last night confirmed that fact as one person after the other took the microphone to tell their story about kindness received by them that were performed by Peggy.
There is a Chinese Proverb that says, “The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose”. This week I smelled roses wherever I went.
Wishing you a week filled with kindness,