Friday, February 22, 2013
I was traveling home on a flight from Orlando this afternoon and I was seated in the aisle seat. When the plane landed and it was time to gather our belongings from the overhead bins, I asked the woman next to me if she'd like me to reach her things for her. I know what it's like when you're in the window seat and you have to wait for everyone as you try to get to your stuff. She appreciated my getting it for her.
This was one of the many incredibly small and simple things that make up kindness. One of the things I've noticed in the past year is that some of the most appreciated forms or kindness are when they're unexpected. When you anticipate someone else's needs and respond to them before they're noticed or asked for. Of course, this takes awareness. I think one of the results of a year of kindness for me is that my awareness is much more tuned in to looking for, or anticipating these opportunities, and then responding to them. Like anything else, it takes practice.