I am grateful for the compassionate people in this world who spread kindness everywhere they go. I live on a steep hill in Alaska. During the winters, snow piles up on my driveway. If it’s not cleared regularly, then I can’t drive up the hill. When my husband worked at home, he would lead our family in hand-shoveling the driveway each time it snowed. This was a good opportunity to teach our children the value of hard work. Once his job changed to an off-and-on schedule, where he was away from home for 3 to 6 weeks at a time, the responsibility of getting the shoveling done fell to me. This task was harder for me to get done without him here to guide our boys.
There was one winter where I hurt my back and was unable to get the snow cleared. My neighbor from several streets away noticed the snow building up in our driveway and, without being asked, cleared it. When I asked him if I could pay him for his service, he gave me a business card, which he and his sister had created. On it was written, “RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS PASS IT ON” with the scripture verse, Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another.”
I will never forget his “random” acts of kindness for our family. I keep his card on my board as a reminder of the good things in this world. The example of this neighbor has strengthened my resolve to perform more “random” acts of kindness in the world around me. Please share a random act of kindness that has blessed you life.