One small kindness, one great impact…

Perhaps you have heard of the “butterfly effect”. It basically says that a small influence in a larger complex system can have significant effect elsewhere. This is how I view small acts of kindness on a daily basis.

I have a repertoire of small kind acts that I regularly practice.  I find it helps me enjoy life more and if I may be so bold as to speak on behalf of others it appears that other people also derive enjoyment from them.

Some of the kind acts I practice are the following. I always say hello to people and ask them how is their day going in a genuine way. This is so for the places I buy coffee, the person at the checkout in the grocery store or other people I meet casually in my day-to-day living. People usually smile and often say “thanks for asking”. When I see someone looking for change for the parking meter I often offer them everything I have in my pocket as I would for my brother. Today a meter could cost $6 for an hour in downtown Vancouver and I do not let the person pay me. I ask them to please do the same for another. It is a small way for us to connect and remember we have so many similar things in our lives. I always look in front or behind me when I am entering a building. I hold the door for people and smile when I do it. Again, it is just a pleasant way to be and there is an added benefit of slowing down in an otherwise busy day.

I am sure many of you have your own practices and small acts of kindness and I would love to hear about them and add them into my own repertoire so please take a moment leave a comment so I and others can practice some of yours as well.

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Bradley

My vision is a world where conflict is communicated and used to stimulate personal freedom and expression for all mankind. My mandate is to reduce conflict using love as my primary tool. My life's work is to learn and then share my learning with others. I am supported by a wonderful loving husband named Pedro, a loving family and many friends. I derive income from helping my clients build and protect their wealth as a financial planner and occasionally from spiritual fitness coaching and speaking engagements. 

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