A Small Kindness

Chances are, you've probably made your life almost entirely about you. Seriously–think about how many of your scheduled events, obligations, and leisure activities are by and for you. It's natural. It's easy. It's us on autopilot.

Not trying to guilt you, I just want to make a suggestion.

Take a single hour sometime between now and when you die to do something for someone who has nothing specifically appealing to offer you in return.

460px-Francisco_de_Goya_y_Lucientes_-_A_Lunatic_behind_Bars_-_WGA10170There are a lot of very lonely people in the world–many for good reason, the sort of people who have spent a lifetime pushing others away by "saying it like it is." Or maybe they have been so thoroughly battered by others that they only know how to hate things and be wounded. Or maybe they have closed themselves off for so long that no one bothered to keep digging for their heart. In any case, believe it or not, there are people in your proximity who have gone days, weeks, even months without even a small voluntary kindness expressed toward them.

So maybe,

call them,

buy them lunch,

go visit them.

But I have to warn you, they might smell funny, or be a close talker, or a long talker, or a conspiracy theorist. They might want you to stay for another hour–or five.

But don't worry, this isn't about you anyway.