Let Your Light Shine


A small town neighborhood florist extended an act of kindness to ten year old Johnny. Johnny wanted to buy his mother flowers for mother’s day. He scraped together two dimes, three nickels, and three pennies to make the purchase. Holding his fortune in his small hand, he walked into the florist’s store to buy his precious gift.

The florist showed Johnny a mix of roses, peonies, and tulips. This would surely please the little boy’s mother, he thought.  Indeed. Johnny’s mother had tears in her eyes when he presented her with his prize.  Years later, Johnny would realize that the arrangement probably cost at least ten times that much!

That one act of kindness made mother’s day a special event. She knew that Johnny probably scraped and scrimped for months to get her that gift. His intent and his effort made it much more special.

The local florist made it all possible when he sacrificed any profit so Johnny’s mother could have a special day. He spread hope to mom.

How can you bring acts of kindness into everyday life?

Perhaps you can visit a local nursing home and play the piano. Perhaps you can bring a smile to someone with a one on one room visit. Perhaps you can sit with someone and pray the rosary or read a scripture to them.

Perhaps you can pay for someone’s cup of coffee at Starbuck’s. Maybe you can pay someone’s toll at a toll booth.

I would challenge my readers to be creative and to think of ways to extend random acts of kindness.

In a world in which we are challenged by nuclear threats, by violence on the streets, and by an uncertain political environment, random acts of kindness are much needed.

What goes around, comes around. When you extend kindness, it is sure to come back to you.

Barbara Altman, the author of hope, has written two books: “Hope Shines Eternal: My Journey Through Mental Illness” and Passages of Hope, 52 Real Life Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage You.” Both can be purchased on Amazon, Kindle, and on WWW. AuthorofHope.com


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