There are certain parts of the world that just seem to emanate kindness. While on a recent trip to New Hampshire, I found myself in what seemed to be a paralell universe. I’m from New York and accustomed to rudeness, selfishness, and all around disdain for other human beings. Years of having doors slammed in my face, taxis stolen from me, and endless counts of people honking their horn when I move too slow have made me quite jaded. This mentality was not the same in New Hampshire. People were nice and it blew me away.
At one point during the trip my wife and I stopped to look at a map on the side of the road and a complete stranger actually came up to us and ask if we were lost and needed help. We were so dumbfounded that it took us a few seconds to reply. It seems as the stories of kindness keep getting more and more rare. We all have the tales of when a complete stranger stopped to help change a tire or jump our car, but that was a long time ago. Perhaps its the declining economy or other global issues that have made people more selfish, but its during times like these where a ripple of kindness can turn into a tidal wave. Kindness does not have to be native to a certain part of the country/world.
Even though it’s not cool to be kind, part of us wants to be kind. We just need someone to show us how, someone to break the pattern our culture has trapped us in. Considerate acts have a ripple effect, and we remember them long afterward. Kindness is contagious and now is the best time to spread the condition. In the face of trying economic times and social strife, it is absolutely necessary that we begin behaving like caring individuals. The next time yous see someone in need, simply take the time to help them out. The old saying ‘what goes around comes around’ is absolutely true. Starting shaping your karmic fate for the better right now by participating in random acts of kindness.
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