I see small acts of kindness everywhere these days.
I was walking at Kimball Park and saw this posted on the community bulletin board:
Free Compliments with tear-off compliments at the bottom of the sheet. All of the compliments had been taken, so I didn’t get to see what they were, but I love the idea!
It got me thinking about what I could offer in this same way. Could I post free small paintings or drawings there? Would anyone take them?
And what affect do these unexpected free offerings have on the world? It’s like the butterfly effect — a small change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. The flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado.
The creator of Free Compliments doesn’t know how the compliments were received. It could have been profound. Maybe the compliment was exactly what someone needed that day and completely changed their attitude, affecting how they treated others, which affects how they treat others, and on and on extending out in ripples.
Free Compliments may not seem like a big deal, but I think it has an effect on our psyches. It’s an act that defies our cultural norms. A kind and caring gesture offered for free — no expectations and no obligations.
It’s the start of something big!
What large or small acts of kindness can you offer to the world? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Butterfly Effect,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.