“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”~Aesop
As we were strolling in a small but busy seaside city recently, an older woman took a serious fall on the brick walk. While no one saw the spill, numerous people rushed to help her upon hearing her screaming and seeing her writhing in pain on the ground.
Within seconds, folks were consoling her; volunteering to call 911; jogging into the shops searching for the woman’s friend; reminding her to breathe; obtaining bags of ice and a cup of water. There must have been 10 or 15 people who helped in some way, and many more who offered, before the ambulance arrived.
I was struck by how swiftly, and instinctively, people came forward and came together to support someone they didn’t know and had no responsibility for, save that fundamental and truly compelling one we have for fellow creatures.
As we gradually dispersed, ignorant of each other’s names, backgrounds, passions, we were still deeply connected in that moment of the heart. One that happens countless times every day, all too often unheralded and even ignored by the media. A moment of compassion, of kindness.
Sometimes, surrounded by the incessant flow of dire stories, it can be tempting or easy to forget how amazing and generous people can be. How we do, indeed, so often sink or swim together.
And that step by step, drop by drop, we can turn a life or many lives around, ultimately filling to overflowing the world’s bucket of kindness.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”~Desmond Tutu