Saturday, March 3, 2012
Kindness Starts at Home
When I set up my "rules" for this project, I noted that I wanted the vast majority of my intentional acts of kindness to be for people outside my immediate circle of friends and family, but that I also didn't want to overlook the opportunity to be kind to those closest to me. Today I decided to do something closer to home. Here's what happened:
My wife left a couple of days ago to pick up our daughter from college since next week is her spring break. They were due to return by mid-afternoon today. Knowing how nice it is to return to a clean and orderly house and not to have to immediately be thrust into thinking about shopping, dinner, and other logistics, I figured I could take some steps to make that transition easier. First, I made sure the house was straightened up and everything was put away, especially in the kitchen. Then, I did the grocery shopping for most of the basic staples that we had run low on. Most importantly, I then took care of every aspect of putting a great meal on the table - from shopping to setting the table to preparing the entire meal. Afterwards, my daughter and I took care of the dishes as well.
I know it wasn't all that big of a deal, but that's mostly how kindness works. It's simply the act of thinking about others and acting upon ways that we can make their day just a little bit better.