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.
- Leo Buscaglia

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Few Small Gifts

     Recently, someone I know has been dealing with some difficult news.  While time will likely make things easier, it's nevertheless challenging in the short term.  Undoubtedly, the support of family and friends can help.
     Today I went around to a variety of places this person likes to frequent and bought gift cards from each.  Then I got a nice card, wrote out a note, put all the cards and the note into an envelope, and delivered them all to the person.
     It's fun to surprise a stranger with an unexpected act of kindness.  Sometimes, though, the need/opportunity for kindness shows up among those closest to us.  In these cases, it's clearly best to seize those chances to make a difference.

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