What does it cost to say a kind word or to refrain from saying an unkind one?
What does it cost to allow another person their opinion?
What does it cost to hold the door, put your grocery cart away, or to do any number of small things done in civilized society?
What does it cost to offer a prayer for someone in need?
What does it cost to fully listen to someone without thinking about what you will say next?
What does it cost to say an encouraging word or show support to a fellow human being?
What does it cost to be kind? The cost of empathy? The cost of understanding?
Nothing. Most kindnesses do not cost anything. Yet they can bring about positive change.
Kindness does cost time. Some say time is money. In my opinion, if you are looking for a huge return on your investment of time, being kind is the best investment you can make. Dividends are not guaranteed nor are they immediately seen, but a life lived with kindness is a joy.
I have written a lot about simple acts of kindness. The further away we get from that in our society, the more self-centered we become, the more we need to step back and reevaluate ourselves.
Believe me, I know how easy it is to wall yourself up and cast all others away. I am an introverted introvert at best. Other people scare me and make me want to ignore them. I have to force myself to be kind and when I am my heart soars.
So worth it is to help someone else. The gesture need not be large or costly, it just needs to be genuine. My sense of self-preservation makes being kind something I have to think about. It is in my nature but I have suppressed it in lieu of fear long enough.
I’m broke but I can still be kind. I’m afraid but I can still be kind. I’m in a hurry but I can still be kind. I want to be the person who cheerleads for someone else. Who say congratulations. Who says thank you! Who says I’ll pray for you!
Kindness is the great equalizer. It crosses all boundaries and it costs nothing. But it can change lifes.