June 1, 2018
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Today is the birthday of one of my heroes. She is an accomplished business woman who holds a leading position in her firm. For me what makes her special is her acts of kindness. She is active in her church, mentor’s young folks, is an officer in a leading organization that serves the needy, helps her aging parents manage their needs and much more.
She is a great example of how someone can make a difference in the lives of others through their acts of kindness. My wife and me are especially fortunate that she is our oldest daughter. Here are excerpts from a piece written by Catherine Pulsifer that reminds me of her.
A Little Bit of Kindness
There are times in our life when we don’t take action because we feel the act of kindness The smallest gesture can make a huge impact is too little, that it wouldn’t make a difference. However, sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge impact on someone’s life. There are many different ways we can show kindness to others, and it doesn’t have to be in a big way.
The Simple Things – The simplest of things may make the difference. A smile, a door being held open, a handwritten note, a kind word, the list can go on and on.
The Difference It Can Make – Small acts of kindness do make a difference Small acts of kindness makes a difference in ways you may not realize!
Do you have opportunities to give small acts of kindness? Some people might think that they do not have a chance to show another person a small measure of kindness but these opportunities are everywhere you go through the day. For example, if you ride on a bus, have you ever said good morning to the bus driver or do you just ignore him or her and proceed to your seat? A simple good morning or good afternoon tells the person that you acknowledge them and it is even an acknowledgement that can help to brighten a day.
If you drive a car anywhere, do you let someone enter into to traffic or do you just keep driving inching along and ignoring the other driver? Stop and wave the other driver into traffic ahead of you is a small gesture of kindness that may influence this driver to do the same for someone else later.
When you go to the supermarket or grocery store, do you hold the door open for a young woman pushing her baby in a stroller or do you just dart ahead through the door without stopping? When you are at work, do you say good morning to your colleagues or do you just go about your business without acknowledging their presence?
Or, how about those people you meet on the street that ask for money or who are peddling various goods? Do you ignore them, or give them no acknowledgement that they are also human and have feelings?
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
A local business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window saying:
Must be a good typist and be good with a computer.
Successful applicant must be bilingual.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A short time later a lovely golden retriever dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it, whined and pawed the air.
The receptionist called the office manager. He was surprised, to say the least to see a canine applicant. However, the dog looked determined, so he led him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared at the manager expectantly.
The manager said, “I can’t hire you. The sign says you must be able to type.” The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to quickly type a perfect business letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager, gave it to him, then jumped back up on the chair.
The manager was stunned, but told the dog, “That was fantastic, but I’m sorry. The sign clearly says that whoever I hire has to be good with a computer.”
The dog jumped down again, went to the computer and proceeded to demonstrate his expertise with various programs, produced a sample spreadsheet and database, then presented them to the manager.
The manager was dumbfounded! He said to the dog, “Hey, I realize that you are a very intelligent applicant and have fantastic talent, but you’re a dog — no way could I hire you.”
The dog jumped down and went to the sign in the window and pointed his paw at the words, “Equal Opportunity Employer.”
The exasperated manager said, “Yes, I know what the damned sign says. But the sign also says you have to be bilingual.”
The dog looked him straight in the eye and said, “Meow.”
“Take time to repair the roof when the sun is shining.”
– President John F. Kennedy
A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and that he is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.”
The mother agrees.
The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma, guess which one I’m going to marry.”
She immediately replies, “The one on the right.”
“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?”
The Jewish mother replies, “I don’t like her.”
“Most of us are about as happy as we make our minds up to be.”
Caller: “Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?”
Operator: “I’m sorry, sir, I don’t understand who you are talking about”.
Blonde: “On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?”
“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.”
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