– Scott Adams –
What Scott Adams said doesn’t make sense? A ripple eventually dies off and the surface of the water returns to calmness until it is disturbed again? On the contrary, what Scott said make perfect sense because kindness creates a ‘ripple’ which will propagate itself once it is started; an act of kindness will surely inspire anyone in its vicinity. I strongly believe this to be true. The effect of it may not be immediate but surely the act of kindness plants a seed in the heart and in time will thrive and blossom!
Quoting Leo Buscaglia, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Never never underestimate whatever little act of kindness you do, it can definitely make a difference.
In the below true story shared by Emmanuel Joseph, we would be reminded that kindness will always inspire kindness. When we are kind to others, they too will be kind to us. Today they will be kind to us, and tomorrow to somebody else. Slowly but surely kindness spreads. You may say that others may not always reciprocate with kindness. Does it matter? The purpose of being kind to others is not in expecting them to do the same but because it is in us. Hopefully it will not take ten years though as in the case of Emmanuel Joseph.
Always be kind because it always pays
I used to wait tables while in college, many years ago. One tired night, I accidentally brought some customers two bucketfuls of Heineken instead of the Tigers they requested. We only realized this after I’ve uncorked the bottles.
Instead of losing his temper, the guy holds my shoulder and tells me “Boy, this hundred ringgit is nothing to us, but if I tell Jason (the boss), he will make you pay, and its a lot for you. So its OK … we’ll drink this Heineken but don’t do it again. Not all customers are this nice.”
Why am I sharing this?
Tonight, some ten years later, a Parkson salesgirl accidentally trims and hems two pairs of pants one size smaller than the one I selected. Because of that powerful lesson he gave me, I was able to repay the kindness that gentleman showed me ten years ago to someone else.
Sure, one pant size smaller will be a bit uncomfortable, but far less uncomfortable than it would make her if she had to pay a quarter months pay …
What lesson did I learn tonight – apart from the fact I need to lose more weight?
Always, always, always be kind to people. It always forms a chain of kind acts. Of positivity. Of goodness. Of love.
Maybe not immediately … maybe tomorrow, next month … or in my case, maybe ten years later. But always be kind. Because it always pays.
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