Monday, January 7, 2013

Heart Pumping Actions

Just when I think people can’t sink any lower, when I think I have heard it all; someone comes along and transforms what has happened by doing the nicest of things for a complete stranger for no apparent reason.

It becomes contagious and makes the world news. People helping people, humanity comes through once more.

Random acts of kindness performed for no other reason than being kind. A simple act of kindness that warms the heart and ignites the spirit just when it is most needed.

The whole thing reminds me of one of my prayer companions. St. Therese “The Little Flower.”

She spent her entire life living out the meaning of kindness. Somehow she knew the saving power in these little acts she preformed day by day; hour upon hour, spending all the minutes she could to make someone’s day brighter, easier, and better.

Taken from letters and prayers that she wrote we can clearly see how she lived out her life always trying to please Jesus by putting others before herself.

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” 

“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”

“My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience.”  

Anyone can do it. Random acts of kindness do not have to involve money, or expertise, or physical labor; it just has to involve the movement of our heart.

When we put our mind to it the pumping actions of our heart can illuminate the world.

People helping people; one smile at a time.

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