My desk at church sits in front of a window that overlooks the lobby. There's a preschool in the building and tiny humans frequently pass in front of me. Today, I had a forest of aromatic floral and greenery bouquets and bunches surrounding my workspace that were from a funeral last week.
Two young kids came up the stairs a little after lunch time. They usually wave at me — but today they stopped in their tracks, looked through my window and gasped at the unfamiliar sight of twelve oversized flower displays in the office. I noticed them staring and whispering to each other. Without even thinking, I snatched up a pair of scissors and cut two yellow daisies off one of the arrangements. I gave the small boy and the smaller girl one each and the boy proclaimed that he would give it to his mom. Naturally, his sister followed suit.
It brightened my heart to be surrounded by a forest of flowers in my office space all day. But even more so, I hope that passing along two simple small flowers could perhaps be the rose of a sweet mom's day when her two children present pretty blooms to her.
What are some ways you could show simple, every day acts of kindness? Here are some ideas!
- Make a golden playlist with songs for a friend that speak to their current walk of life.
- Put a small care package in your car to pull from if you see a homeless human.
- Shoot a quick text of your favorite memory with a close friend to say "I'm thinking about you."
- Write a love letter and put it in the mail for a dear friend.
- Write another letter and leave it in a public space for a stranger to find.
- Visit More Love Letters and send snail mail to a stranger who could truly use it.
- Do a chore or activity for somebody that makes their day a little lighter.
- Be a listener.
- Pay for somebody's coffee.
- Make quick conversation with your cashier at the store. Encourage them.
- Talk to the quiet person.
- Compliment your coworkers. Thank them for what they do.
- My personal favorite :: Give somebody a flower.