“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” (Emerson) – as seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.
Now is the best time to take action on whatever act of kindness you may have in mind. That is especially true if that act involves an elderly person. Do it now; whether it is a visit with them in their home or retirement home, or perhaps taking them some food, maybe some Christmas cookies, or maybe even seeing if you can take them somewhere to get some shopping done for other errands. Don’t spend time lamenting your coulda, woulda, shoulda’s later, when it is too late to help or to visit.
My mom’s favorite saying was, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Of course you had every intention of visiting with them and helping were you could, but life got in the way. You became more than a distracted driver; you were living a distracted life. The distractions of work and family and everyday life pulled you so many directions that heading in the right direction and doing what was right became impossible. So, you put many of those things off until later. Until you realize that it is too late. Later is when you lament – “I know I should have…”
The good news is that it isn’t too late. It is still right now and right now you can still make the right choice to do the right thing. But what about my life, you say? It’s funny how people who do the right thing find that life takes care of itself and for many even gets a whole lot better.
So, right now; while you are thinking about it; think of those things that are acts of kindness and sharing and loving that you’ve been meaning to do, turn your thoughts into actions. Make that phone call or go make that visit. Give that special person in your life that hug that you’ve been meaning to give them and pause to tell them that you love them.
Maybe you thought about calling Meals on Wheels and see if you can deliver meals over the Holidays. Or many be you’ve been meaning to volunteer at the local Rescue Mission to serve meals to the homeless. Perhaps you can take some spare coats and blankets and clothing to the shelter for homeless veterans. Maybe you know of someone who has lost a loved one and may need some special words of hope and encouragement this Holiday – call them or go visit with them. Maybe, if you call the local retirement homes in your area and ask you’ll find that there are residents there who have no one to visit with them over the Holidays, and that will provide you with your opportunity to show kindness and compassion.
It will feel so good lying in bed tonight and reflecting on the good that you’ve accomplished; rather than lying there saying, “I know I should have…” Will your act of kindness change the world? No, but it will change the world for that one person towards which you showed the kindness; and it will likely change the world for you, too. It’s not too late to start today.
Have a great and sharing week ahead.