Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Perfectly Practical #139 - Acts of Kindness

The Blog Dare on Bloggy Moms

When Diva was little, we used to do something called R.A.K.s (random acts of kindness.)  She was at that tender age where it was so important to reinforce sharing, thinking of others, and generally thinking outside of herself.

She focused on making someone else happy whether it was tangible (sharing a piece of candy with someone) or not (letting someone in front of her in line.)

We would discuss it after school and talk about how it was a good thing to share her fruit with a friend or help her teacher pick up something she had dropped.  Even though she was a little child, she understood the concept of seeking out an opportunity for kindness and the importance thereof.

This practice of acts of kindness is not exclusive to children and it extends beyond the holiday season - the principle is the same whatever your age and whatever the time of year.

Little kindnesses send ripples throughout lives.

A smile could send a ray of hope.
An open door could restore faith in human kindness.
A timely compliment could be the encouragement needed to make a positive change.

You may never know what good comes from your simple act of kindness in a stranger's life.  But, you will see the impact of your actions in your own family.  Your kiddos are watching you all the time to learn how to deal with situations and treat other people.  They are learning from the kindnesses you bestow upon others.  

If we want to make a positive change in the world, I truly believe it starts with one act of kindness at a time.

This is Day 4 of the Bloggy Moms Blog Dare.

Day 1 - My Holiday Wish
Day 2 - When Snow Begins to Fall
Day 3 - What We Tell (or Don't Tell) Our Children About Christmas

Linked to Works for Me Wednesday.

9 comments:

  1. Beautifully written. I loved this. "A smile could send a ray of hope." Your post made me smile. Have a great day!

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    1. Well thank you Ms. Kristin. Our high school just performed "Annie" last week and those girls knew what they were talking about when they sang "You're never fully dressed without a smile." :)

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  2. So cute! I just found your blog through the December Blog Hop over at Bloggy Moms. Love your blog, I'm your newest follower!

    Elle
    Dig Deep Studio

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    1. Thanks Ms. Elle! You're not only my newest follower but my 100th follower! What a milestone! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

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  3. I love this! I really want to introduce the idea of giving to others to my little guy so he grows up just assuming that's what you do. I think he is too young to get it now (14 months) but I guess it's never too soon to model the behavior.

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    1. Absolutely! You know, I think having children ends up making us better people because we are trying to model our best self for them.

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  4. Love this! I really hope I raise kind children and that they understand the small things really do add up. Thanks for stopping by today.

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