Sometimes I think we get caught up in measuring the size of the act instead of seeing each act of kindness that we are able to provide to someone as a positive contribution. We are so focused on larger acts have more impact, more recognition. But, I don’t think that is necessarily the case. I was thinking about this as I was exiting my apartment complex the other morning. I exit the same door of the building every day and nine times out of ten, I let the door slam behind me, knowing that it must get super old to be the tenants of that particular unit who have to hear a door slam over and over and over again. And so, since recognizing my annoying behavior, I have made the conscious effort to catch the door and close it quietly.
I know what you’re thinking. What does that have to do with acting kindly? Does that really count? How hard is it to just shut a door quietly? Trust me, I’ve thought about it, too. And really, it has nothing to do with a door, but rather, the simple things that most people overlook and don’t recognize…..paying attention to something so small, makes the biggest difference. Sure, my fellow apartment dwellers have no idea that I walk out that door each day and make sure it doesn’t slam, but I notice and I make the effort. That is all that really matters. I am making a choice to be kind on top of respectful. And so can you.
So, here is my challenge to all of you. Think small, think about the acts that you may think there is no way in hell that it will make a difference or mean something to someone. Because chances are…IT WILL. Think small to make the biggest impact.