Do you ever think of how you make other people feel? Do you ever think about how your actions might make someone feel better, or worse? Do you ever consider what you might do to make someone’s day better than it was before you took action? Do you ever consider the impact of others’ actions on your life and feelings? How do you react to whatever other people do for, and to, you?
We all go merrily about our days’ activities and very seldom give a thought as to the impact we can have on others, on their feelings or on their mood. We just bumble along, doing whatever we do, and hardly ever consider how what we do might mean to anyone else. We are so busy with getting our tasks done, we rarely think of the effect that we have, or might have, on others in our lives.
It is time for us to straighten up and think of what we can do to better the lives of others. If we are going to have an influence on others, we should at least make that influence a positive one. We should do everything that we can to make others know that we appreciate them and what they do for us. In addition we should let them know that their positive actions toward other people besides us is also noticed and appreciated.
“Why should I show appreciation towards others for what they do for anyone besides me?” you ask. I ask, “Why not?” Wouldn’t your day be better if a total stranger noticed something that you did for someone else and told you that what you did was nice? Wouldn’t that expression make you feel better and believe if your efforts were not for naught? Perhaps you could use their statement as an opportunity to start a conversation with them and begin a networking relationship with them.
If someone can make a different in another person’s day by taking actions to better the lives of others, than recognizing what these people do should also be noticed. Recognizing people for their positive actions toward others can be the start of a movement, a revolution of kindness. Their kindness results in your kindness towards them, and karma will reward you for your kindness toward them. This could be really great for everyone.
This revolution of kindness begins with a simple act of kindness directed towards someone. Gratitude expressed toward someone for what they do, either for you or for others, follows along. “Thank you” is such a simple phrase, but it may not be the most familiar phrase shared today. Maybe we can start a movement to make it more common and make it expressed much more often. Maybe we can even teach our children, and those of others, to say those words more often. Then we can start trying to use “You’re welcome” more often.