Wednesday, May 8, 2013

~ Kind Gestures ~




"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for someone's coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people do appreciate. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain, but the irony is that almost every time you make even a small kind gesture, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."
~ Jonathan Carroll


P.S.   Lest you think that I'm constantly  being kind to all...I just remembered something that happened the other day.  My allergy Dr's office is in the back of this Dr's building.  I was leaving and this guy was going out in front of me. BOTH doors were slammed in my face!  I yelled at him...."Thank you so much for your kindness!  I really appreciate the "gentleman" that you are."  He glared at me.  It's extremely rare that this happens in this area ~ even most young boys/men will hold the doors for women.  Guess I've become spoiled to the Southern gentlemen!   :)


14 comments:

  1. I agree with all of this, Pat, but man it is much easier said than done sometimes. Ok, lol, I always, always hold the door in a public place if someone else is near enough to come/go thru it, but when they stroll on thru and can't say thanks, or at least smile for a kind gesture, I want to slam it! But I am trying to practice niceness :)

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  2. So true, Pat. (I love this movie!) Thanks again, for the reminder to be kind. You'd think we wouldn't need reminding but we do. Hope you're doing well. I'm sure you're getting excited about your move!

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  3. I love this photo and the sentiments are so true. What a nice post. I even laughed at your funny story. I can just see you saying this. haha. Good for you!
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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  4. I agree completely. A very good reminder!

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  5. I really believe it all comes back around, Pat. Some days are worse than others and then lo and behold, someone holds that door open and gives you a smile!

    It's funny that you wrote this today and I will probably mention this in my next post. I was at the grocery store today and had to wait in the check out lane for awhile for someone that was being truly picky and annoying with the cashier over her receipt. When I finally got up to have my groceries rang up, the manager came over and told me my tulips in my cart were free!! I could have hugged him. I'm really patient and didn't mind waiting, but it's those acts of kindness that stay with you for a long time!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Love your response to the rude guy.
    My husband is very much a gentleman and gets annoyed when other guys are not. :) It's not just guys who need to be more considerate, though. We could all use a little kindness.
    Kelly

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  7. It's getting worse as time goes by...the rudeness from both men and women, young and old.
    Good for you to call out that man for his rude behavior.
    It really is easy to be kind.

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  8. My mom always says "You get back what you put out into this world, so be sure to put out kindness." Kind of a karma thing, I guess. :) Anyway, love this post. It's a great reminder.

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  9. I try to be as kind as I can and smile! Good for you in calling the rude guy out! We need more gentle men and women.

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  10. Great quote! It doesn't seem some people just don't have a clue about thinking of others.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

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  11. You know I'll be humming this all day now right?
    Bliss

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  12. So very true...and if everyone did it wouldn't the world be such a better place!

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  13. I always say it's the little things Pat,and it truly is. Have a fabulous week!~ XO

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  14. So so true! It's the little things in life that everyone takes for granted!! This world would definitely be a better place! Thanks and big hugs!

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