Is there such a thing as too small of an act of kindness?
I asked myself this on Sunday morning. Every Sunday morning MR N and I sit out on our solarium and watch the world wake up. The birds sing, the squirrels flit from tree to tree and the sun shines. We put our feet up and relax.
This particular Sunday morning we saw a man we have seen for the past month ride down our street.
“There he is,” I told MR N.
MR N made a dash for the door and grabbed the bag sitting by the door. I watched from the windows.
The man on the bike is a man our age. He is homeless and he goes around collecting liquor bottles from the trash and recycling. In Canada, you can return empties to get your deposit back. It’s not a lot of money but it’s one way for the government to encourage recycling.
We had a party on Saturday and collected a few liquor bottles. We put it in a bag and decided the next time we saw the man on the bike, MR N would give it to the man.
I watched as MR N walked down to meet the man. They were just out of my view but this is what MR N told me later.
“I said good morning and he smiled. I handed him the bag with the bottles in it and I swear his face lit up like a Christmas tree. He thanked me and thanked me and it was like I had given him $5,000.”
A small act of kindness.
Some may call what we did no big deal and honestly, it didn’t mean anything to us. But to this man, who is struggling to put food in his stomach, it was like we were his rich aunt and uncle. It also meant, for one brief moment, he was a fellow human being. He mattered, which he does.
I’ve witnessed a lot of people in my city/town ignore homeless people and those in need. It’s as if they don’t exist. People in need are exactly that, people. They have feelings, like you and me, and when you ignore them, it hurts. A simple acknowledgement (like a nod or eye-contact) does more to spread the Light than all the money in the world.
So, what do you think? Is my act of kindness too small?
I don’t think so. I imagine in the eyes of Heaven, my act of kindness is worth more than if I gave him $5,000.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Today, let’s go out into the world and do a lot of small acts of kindness.
😀 MRS N 😀