Kindness, love and generosity are no-obligation, one-way transactions. It’s our choice to give them to others.
Yet if we are keeping a mental list of what we are doing for others and believing our actions are somehow obliging, we’re missing the big picture. When we doubt this concept, it’s helpful to recall times in our past when we were on the receiving end of generosity from others. Those times may have been quite obvious—or not. For example, we’re receiving not-so-obvious gifts if a stranger lets us have the parking spot when we’re in a rush or when someone allows us to cut the line when we have three grocery items and everyone else has cartloads. Or it could even be that random smile we receive when we, ourselves, might be feeling less than smiley. Remember those moments.
There is balance in the world—if we choose to see it. The people we give to might or might not be the ones who return generosity to us—but others will. The more we notice random acts of kindness, love and generosity, the better life gets. This is how good will works.
Good actions are like currency for a Universal Bank of Deeds. We all make deposits and we all make withdrawals. If we’re worried about whether we’re getting our fair share of good will, it’s time to make more deposits.
I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.