Last week, my husband and I were grocery shopping. A Native American woman was in front of the store selling dream catchers and called us to buy one. We weren’t interested and walked into the store. We finished shopping and were about to leave the store when my husband turned to me and said, “It feels like she really needs the money.” He pulled out $5 and walked up to her and handed her the money. When she tried to give him a dream catcher, he told her to keep it. He said that he did not want anything. She smiled and thanked him.
I see this so often with my husband. He practices kindness everywhere he goes, always sensing someone’s need. A few dollars, a hand on a shoulder, a compassionate word, opening a door – his awareness is a constant reminder that we can always be of service if we pay attention. And that our kindness, whether it is big or small, can lighten a heart or change someone’s day. I am so grateful to have such an example to inspire me every day. May we all know such kindness and live it in our hearts and actions.
We serve each other in so many ways through our kindness.