Did you think because I said Southern, since you may from somewhere else, that didn’t include you? Not so…After all, most people are South of somewhere even if it’s just ice, desert, or water😂. Okay, okay..maybe I am stretching it a bit. I should change the title to just simple hospitality.
There are forms of hospitality in all areas and cultures. Even in New York City, which is known for its bustling, daily grind. Have you seen someone put change in a homeless persons jar while milling about?
Many people in my area complain about getting stopped by the train on the way to work or on lunch hour. Even though it can inconvenient, the longest I have ever been stopped by a train is 10 minutes, with most stops being less. We spend more time complaining about the train, than actually being stopped. I am making a point to stop complaining about this and instead using this time wisely. Some things I do are simply be still, meditate a bit, or accomplish a task such as a grocery list.
Right beside the train track pictured in my area, is a locally owned small bakery. One day while I was stopped by a train, the owner of this bakery came out and brought everyone that was stopped a bite size sample of her different confections to choose from to our car windows. I thought….this woman is a genius! What better way to promote her business with this kind gesture. This completely took my mind off having to wait for that train.
Random acts of kindness can make changes. For example, this morning, I went out to my car and I saw this ❤️.
Now don’t get the idea that my husband is the romantic type, because he really isn’t. Sometimes he does little things like this to unexpectedly brighten my day. This little act of putting a flower, plucked from a bush in my yard, on my car only took a minute but it did make difference in how I was I feeling. Oh and a bonus.. it costs nothing! He could have bought a bouquet of flowers. For me…this has a similar, yet more simple, intimate impact☺️. Do you agree?
I hope you are taking time to do random acts of kindness for the people that are around you. Even a simple kind word or compliment can make a difference. There is a secret here. It’s not really for them…it’s for you❤️.
What random acts have you experienced? What are hospitable acts that you have noticed in your neck of the woods?