A simple hello to a stranger, holding the door open for someone, helping someone reach an item on the shelf in the grocery store, letting the person behind you in line go first — these are all small things that can make a huge impact on someone’s life. You don’t know the struggles of others as you pass them by every day. You may be the only goodness, kindness, and light they see.
I read a quote from Nikki Banas that illustrates this point beautifully: “You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk. So don’t wait to be kind. Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first. Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change. Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it.”
Just be kind! With the turmoil in our country today could you imagine the difference if just everyone decided to be kind? It doesn’t cost any money to be kind. It’s easy to do, so why do so many of us decide to be unkind? For me, it’s easier sometimes not to engage. I always feel like I’m in a hurry and do not take the time to notice others around me. My husband is my best example in slowing down and noticing others. My husband is the kindest soul I’ve ever known. And while I’m feeling rushed and stressed, he is feeling relaxed and happy. I truly think it is because he takes the time to be kind.
Let’s all be kind and see how different this world could be. I think if we all decide to implement kindness in our lives, we will all be happier. Just be kind.
The recipe this week is a classic quiche, but without the crust. My mom made quiche for us growing up, and I remember feeling so fancy eating this French dish. It is easy to make and a total crowd pleaser. Enjoy it for supper with a simple side salad.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32