“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey
It is with a grateful heart that I thank Lisa Jackson whos unexpected kindness healed a wound in me that I had been carrying with me all my life and which transmuted into Joy.
It was a Tuesday morning, and I woke with a dull feeling in my stomach.
Why was I feeling this way? Life is good; I have a Job that makes a difference in people lives, food in the cupboard, clothes on my back etc.
I started my morning routine with the usual glass of water, I put the kettle on and enjoyed the peacefulness of the morning ready for my meditation and journaling.
When I finished my morning routine, I could hear the words “paddle your own canoe” bingo! I had nailed the gut feeling it was coming from the mixed emotions from that phrase.
It had been two years since Dad’s passed away and I had posted on facebook that I was missing him and that he would want me not to be sad and to “Paddle my own canoe.”
My dad had so many affirmations and quotes that now in his death make so much sense. The paddle your own canoe phrase would upset me because when he was alive, he would say it and I thought he was selfish because when my Mum and Dad divorced I perceived the quote as he was doing his own thing and not wanting anything to do with my late sister and me.
How wrong was I?
I hadn’t been on Facebook for about a week or so when I noticed a private message by Lisa Jackson. What could she want?
Lisa is such a kind soul she works at the local hospital and is a genuine kindness Ambassador.
She said, “John you know where that quote comes from don’t you?” I said no, she explained it was from an Irish band called the Wolfe Tones.
I thought to myself what if the son paddle our own canoe is on Spotify (BOOM!) It was 🙂
I banged on the tune, and I kid you not it was like every word was describing my late Father life experience.
I couldn’t stop listening to the full album; I was buzzing like a bee on a fresh summers morning.
The album brought me tears of joy and reminded of being a child in the pub with my dad with a packet of crisp and a coca cola listening to the jukebox playing all the Irish folk songs and singing until our hearts were full.
The thing is Lisa could of quite easily noticed my post on Facebook and said “oh well not my problem”, but she didn’t and took the time out of her busy day and made the time to be kind, and her kindness is still rippling out in my life daily/weekly/monthly/yearly.
Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every action creates a ripple with no logical end.
We should never underestimate kindness, it can and will always have a positive impact on the giver and the receiver also we should remember that your time is the most valuable thing you can give.
When the opportunity arises where you can be kind do it. If you can think of one act to do each day, then do it. Do your best never to let an opportunity of kindness to slip by you.
Because, “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
Thank you, Lisa Jackson, for your Kindness