The phrase “kindness is contagious” is well worn out but definitely rings true at California Baptist University. During this time of the year when spring is emerging, little bits of lovely things can go a long way in brightening a day.
There is nothing quite like those little extras to give you a breath of fresh air and add more spring to your step. Whether it’s an unexpected phone call, dinner with a best friend, or a really, really good cookie, some things are meant to be shared so that this little burst of goodwill can be passed on to other people.
This past week I was reminded of my appreciation for others and my enthusiasm for connection. I have received several little bits of encouragement that I feel obligated to pass on as I come into contact with other people. Blessings are not meant to be hoarded, and once the goodwill spreads, it doesn’t easily stop.
I have been reminded of the importance of rest and caring companionship as I experienced this past weekend. My weekend was spent in a restful state with one of my roommates as we stayed in our pajamas until 2, finished a few chores and made sure the other person completed the homework we had to finish for the upcoming week. It was so refreshing to mix a bit of lazy with a lot of productivity and encourage each other to complete all that we set out to do. Generally, my idea of a successful weekend would include at least one outstanding event involving a trip to the beach, movies, etc. This weekend fulfilled that idea of mine with just the restfulness and productivity of nights in to feed companionship. By Sunday night, I felt rested, prepared for class and ready to focus more on the people around me than on my own deadlines or fatigue.
I am also reminded of the importance of noticing your surroundings and allowing yourself to be affected by beauty. After the restful weekend, I was greeted by a chilly, yet sunny Monday morning. I saw this as just an extra little gift that God threw out there to remind me of how artful and creative He is in His decision to paint that sky and make the wind blow. Coming out of a few days of rest, I was all the more aware of how I should utilize my energy toward pointing out the beauty in others. Everyone needs a little boost after all, especially on an early Monday morning.
Another little thing that will lift my spirits in half a heartbeat is a cup of coffee. Coffee is my love language. Seriously, if anyone brings me this magic elixir without having to ask, they have melted me into a gushy ball of gratitude. A friend surprised me with a fresh cup for our morning class early this week, reminding me of just how far little acts of kindness can go. Not only did this action make my day, but it led me to be extra mindful of how to do the same back to her and everyone else.
I wonder if people always realize how far just a little bit of thoughtfulness goes. It can really change the course of an entire day and cause a chain reaction. I’m challenged once again to notice the beauty in everything, and come up with ways to give back the blessings I receive. I have been given fine examples of how to make someone’s day, and plan to pass those and more along as best I can.
I hope you find yourself in a week of blessing, friends. Even if you’re not, know that more are coming, and remember to notice the little things that contribute to a lovely day. An overall pleasant atmosphere is made up of a bunch of little pleasantries, and once they spread, the entire picture can change.