A tiny act of kindness that made the world a little nicer.
It was evening rush hour on Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, CA. Drivers lined up from traffic signal to traffic signal, anxious to get home.
On a side street merging into this Highway was a timid driver, afraid to edge in and no-one let her in. Some of the drivers backed up behind her loudly blasted their horns.
This made her more upset and nervous.
To the right of this side street, the signal on Pacific Coast Highway turned red and traffic stopped. A driver who saw what was happening to this woman stopped a few car lengths behind the car in front of him and motioned to her to pull in front of him.
She quickly did and as he waited two more cars dashed in behind her.
No-one thanked him so I acknowledged his good deed. He smiled and said he felt it was the right thing to do.
While the woman he’d helped waited for the signal to turn green she sank into her driver’s seat as her body went limp. And she was deeply relieved. Although this thoughtful man couldn’t see it her body language expressed her gratitude loud and clear.
If you’ve been in a traffic situation like she was in, you know how scary it can be. But this little act of kindness allowed her to safely reach her home and to tell others about it.
When people hear about an act of kindness such as this it helps to restore their belief in humanity and it also encourages them to do something nice for someone else.
And the kindness spreads. Someone does something nice for you and in turn you’re likely to do something nice for that person or for someone else.
If you doubt the affect one small event can have, consider road rage. It often begins with a petty incident and it quickly grows into something horrible. The news media shows us the brutality and the blood and from a single incident, it feels as if danger lurks everywhere.
Soon there is widespread anxiety as people discuss the horror that took place. We become more apprehensive and feel less safe.
Yet a simple act of kindness could also have a widespread affect. But the media seldom reports good deeds because there are no colorful “visuals.” However this good deed was shared with you and perhaps you’ll tell others. And I’ve put it on the Internet to reach a global audience.
It’s like a pebble that lands in a pond and causes a ripple in each direction. No-one knows how far those ripples will travel but they will affect everything they touch along the way.
Success Tip of the Week: Today commit an act of kindness and create that ripple. As the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said 2,400 years ago, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
In the next KazanToday: A man who started a successful 2nd career at the age of 65.