Kindness & Its Rewards
From a young age, my parents have taught me the importance of giving generously to the less fortunate.
Out of habit, whenever there is something I can spare, I give it to someone on the streets.
Last week, as I left the house to run a few errands, I carried with me some old clothes, a handbag and some food to hand over to someone needy.
As the car halted at a traffic signal, I saw a girl of five or six asking for money. I signaled her to come to me and quickly collected all the stuff I had. As I started handing them over, she seemed overwhelmed. She looked up at me with a sweet smile on her face and asked what was in the bag. I told her there were some clothes and food for her.
Once again she looked up at me and asked, “Can you give me some water?” It was then that I noticed her parched lips. It seemed she had not had a drop of water all day.
I took out my flask of water that I always carry with me and helped her to drink from it. She finished it quickly and gave me a heartwarming smile of gratitude.
I was thankful to God that I could fulfill her simple wish!
I realized once again that day that you don’t necessarily have to make big donations to help someone.
This incident reiterated my belief in the simple acts of kindness and how they can make someone’s day.
The next time you want to do something nice for someone, don’t hold back, waiting for the right opportunity.
Go ahead and do it!
First published on Values.com – Kindness