College Life

The Ripple of Kindness

The past week has been a struggle. Can I get an amen?

So many projects to work on, the common cold was passed off to me (sharing is not caring in this instance), and my phone decided to break.

On Saturday morning, I was feeling pretty irritated. I walked into the Campus Store to buy some coffee and saw a guest helping his daughter with something. So I began missing my family and basically throwing a pity party for myself while I brewed my pumpkin spice coffee and added five French vanilla shots.

Once I got to the counter and sat my coffee down to pay for it, I heard someone behind me say, “Wait, I’ve got hers too!” The guest and his daughter were right behind me, and they placed their items next to my coffee. Despite my attempts to assure him that it wasn’t necessary, the guest insisted.

While it may seem like a tiny gesture of kindness, it changed my entire attitude. I left the bookstore smiling and had a new vigor to get my projects done.

Here are a few ideas that could help continue the ripple of kindness:

  1. Buy someone a yummy coffee/tea.
  2. Write a note for someone saying something that you like about them.
  3. Text a friend and ask if there is anything that you can pray about specifically.
  4. Smile at the people you pass in the hall.
  5. Give an honest compliment.
  6. Leave a note of encouragement by a friend’s door.
  7. Offer to help a friend study.
  8. Hold the door for someone.

Doing any one of these things will probably leave you and the other person smiling for the rest of the day!

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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