It is amazing what a kind word to a stranger can do. I’ve mentioned here more than a few times that I try to do random acts of kindness.

Today, as I was showering off at the gym an older guy came in. He’s a regular and had been missing for over a few months. I’d seen him a while back and he didn’t look good. He’d obviously had some sort of medical episode and was recovering. While he has always been on the very lean side, ┬áhe looked like he’d put on a bit of muscle on his upper body. His skin had gained that healthy glow again and he basically was looking good.

I told him his upper body was looking good and he’d obviously been working hard. I swear, you could tell he almost started crying. You could see the admiration and gratitude in his face and his voice as he thanked me ┬árepeatedly.

Just something so little and slight to me made someone’s day. You could see it put him in a better mood. And I should hope I look as good as he does at his age. He is probably mid to late 50’s and clearly takes care of his body. Anyway, do a random act of kindness today, this week, or just once a week every week. It may seem trivial and pointless but to the people on the receiving side, I’d bet money they see it a lot differently!

Oh, and you should be logged in. :)



12 thoughts on “Kind”

  1. I wasn't going to comment after you seemed to get mad at me the last time/again. Forgive me, but certain bloggers (NOT you) have a pattern of "censoring" comments and/or stating "It's my blog and you don't have to read it if you don't like what I write." (i.e. Towelroad)

    I've met you in person and I'm guessing you'd very much want me to point out anything that bothers me. Well, this blog entry has been bothering me.

    You're a nice guy to everybody, so I don't understand why "…an older guy…" was needed for your story. It made it sound like you were being a good boy scout helping an old lady across the street.

    And do you really think "…probably mid to late 50′s…" is old? I might be older than you, but I have never even begun to think of anyone as old until they're elgible for Social Security. And that was when I was much younger.

    So there it is and this was just my personal reaction. Thanks for listening.

    @Jeff ~ Not sure why you think I'm mad at you? Never was. As to your question, I can see your implication but I think you mistook my intent. He was an example of the impact said actions can have on others. I singled him out because it was fresh in my mind. And as to his age, I said older not elderly. He is older than me so I referred to him that way. His age had no bearing on my actions, it was just a descriptor.

  2. I'm logged in and don't see anything different..?

    @MrKevin ~ Well, since I don't recognize your email I'm assuming because you haven't been given access. See my "user" post below for details and get back to me. :)

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