--by cabbage, posted Nov 26, 2008
As I read these stories, one thing strikes me over and over again. That is, an act of kindness can begin right now-- whether it starts in your own backyard, or in your home, or on your driveway, or on your neighbor's doorstep. Often times, we tell ourselves we have to join a community service organization or travel to a developing country to serve. While those are both powerful ways to give, we may get lost in faraway dreams that mostly result in traveling only in our minds but not in our lives, and there is a tendency to run away from what is always right here---the opportunity to give right now.
Instead of jumping out, we can just jump into the moment! You don't have to start a "movement" or be a millionaire to reach out to the person across the street. When you are making dinner, you can make a little extra plate to give to a neighbor or friend. When your lemon tree bears fruit, you can put an extra bag of lemons on your neighbor's doorstep. When you receive blessings. whether it is in the form of well-wishes, hugs, books, cookies, or extra zucchini bread, you can spread your fortune around to create a celebration of blessings!
Here's an example of some homegrown kindness. My husband loves to garden, cook, and feed people. So, I am grateful to him for instilling in our household the habit of sharing whatever we have cooked or grown as often as we can. It's so easy to do and it turned our neighbors into friends! :-)