Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordfull Wednesday: The Act of Giving

This week, I've decided to join in on Wordfull Wednesday, over at Chocolate on My Cranium. The topic is The Act of Giving, so here are my thoughts:

When I think about giving, one thing that quickly comes to mind are simple acts of kindness, such as, saying "good morning" to someone you pass on the street. Asking the cashier at the grocery store if they are having a nice day. Holding a door for a stranger. I hate to be cynical, but, more often than not, it seems that the general population keep to themselves. I know there are still many, many good people in the world, but why don't people make eye contact anymore? Why do some people find it easier to pretend that they don't notice others in need? Why does it seem to be difficult to get pleasant customer service? I don't know the answers to these questions. What I do know is that when I find myself feeling down, I try to remember a quote that I heard once. "You can't control how other people act, but you can control how you react to them." Go ahead and try saying this to yourself...a mantra of sorts...the next time you are faced with a rude person. Don't get hung up on how someone is treating you, but rather, focus on how you can step up and do better.

I love this website. Take a few minutes to visit it. My favorite acts of kindness really are the random ones - - where you do something for another person, whether you know them or not, but expect absolutely nothing in return. Keep this concept in mind, as it will be part of an upcoming giveaway.
"The best portion of a good man's life - his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." - William Wordsworth


Chocolate on my Cranium said...

This is so true! I've found I get more courteous customer service or better help when I try to be kind and courteous to begin with.

I like the Random Acts of Kindness site as well.

Susan said...

Wonderful words and well said.

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Well said and so true Heather.

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