From the Desk (and Mind) of Marc Landsberg

Kind Acts May Be Random, But Their Impact Is Not

Two weeks ago, an employee at a Publix store in Florida did something astonishing

So astonishing, in fact, that the photo taken/posted by a passerby capturing him in the act garnered 200,000+ likes and 15,000+ shares on Facebook in a 48 hour period.

What was so astonishing?

He helped someone, without being asked.

He bent over to tie an elderly gentleman’s shoelace. And then, though it probably wasn’t needed, he tied the other one just for good measure: http://mashable.com/2014/08/15/publix-act-of-kindness-shoelace/

Kind acts happen every day. Every single day, people go out of their way to do something for someone else – without being asked. No act of kindness is too small. In fact, way back when, Aesop said “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Sort of amazing that a small act caught the Internet by storm.

We now take for granted that busy people lead busy lives and busy people don’t make the time to pause and help someone else.

Hold a door. Pick up something that’s dropped. Say thank you. Lend a quarter.

The thing about small acts of kindness, is that they tend to stack. They create momentum. They fuel the karma train. Energy begets energy, so we might as well as exert positive energy in every moment.

Planned kindness is a blessing. A surprise birthday party. A gift. Dinner out with a loved one.

But I encourage you to look for the opportunity to be kind, in every moment. Be open to the possibilities around you every single day.

Because random acts of kindness can be the best kind of kindness of all. They may appear random, but their impact is anything but.

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