Thursday, February 7, 2013
I was returning home today after being away in Arizona (where the weather was considerably nicer than in NJ) while visiting my parents and my sister. A few interesting things happened along my journey.
First, I noticed this sign on a counter in the Phoenix airport. I'm happy to say that it seems as though the kindness "movement" seems to be gaining steam. I regularly read articles and see news events now highlighting acts of kindness. A friend sent me a FB message today with a link to another kindness article she read. And by the way, you can go to Google and set up a Google alert for Random Acts of Kindness. Google will then send you a link every single day with various articles about acts of kindness happening around the world. These are great reminders of the impact that each of us can have.
As I was walking through the jetway, on the way to boarding the plane, I noticed a piece of trash sitting right in the middle of the path. I also noticed everyone walk right past it, assuming that someone else would pick it up. I chose to take the extra second to pick it up and deposit it in the garbage. This is one of those things I likely wouldn't have done a year ago, but I now have an increased awareness of the opportunity. After all, keeping our surroundings clean isn't someone else's job. It's all of our jobs.
When I landed in Philly this afternoon, I retrieved my bags from baggage claim without incident. They actually came pretty quickly, too. As has become my custom, I immediately went to the US Air baggage claim office and reported that I had no problems at all and thanked them for the good service. I left 3 workers with big smiles and happy faces.
Kindness sure isn't hard to do. It just takes awareness and intentionality. I guess that's a lot of what last year taught me.