Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. I continue to be humbled and amazed at the kindness of so many in helping to bring The Book to life.
Yesterday afternoon, I met with Brad Baumann. Brad is a new business friend of mine. We met upon my return toDenverin 2007. I am continually awed by his insights into the marketing and public relations world ever-changing with the speed of light. Granted, that is what his company does; but Brad and I are close in age and he just “gets it”. I feel like I have so much to learn to keep pace. But maybe with a great friend like Brad, I don’t have to know it all; since I know him. Thank you, Brad, for your generosity.
Perhaps you’ve seen how an upward spiral can happen as you build reciprocal relationships. With momentum and consistency, give and take, success comes easier and easier until results start to exceed your effort.
Well, the same thing can happen when it comes to being a positive force for others. One small action leads to another, which can lead to many. Your actions may inspire others to do the same, with far-reaching results that completely outweigh that first effort. You’ll probably have no idea how much of a total effect your actions will have. But that kindness will often be paid back two-, three- or even tenfold. If not from the person you helped, then from someone further down the “kindness” chain.
Many years ago, I was given a copy of an interesting letter. I’ve kept it and now want to share it with you.
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young man stopped to help her. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached and it read:
“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole
So go try it out! Do a kind thing for the next person you meet, and see if you don’t get a positive return. And, so Brad, in your honor, I look forward to paying forward all the kindness and help you offered me yesterday.
And so life goes…on and on