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The Hook

I start my day by offering peace and kindness to others. In my neighborhood, I often engage in small acts such as waving to people during my morning bike rides, even in the early hours of darkness. I make a point to greet drivers and exchange hellos with pedestrians and joggers.

One of my favorite ways to spread positivity is through simple gestures like offering a smile or holding a door open for someone, or a warm hello.

A recent encounter at Home Depot left a lasting impression on me. [Blind Spot]

Last Saturday, I noticed a very thin and disheveled man walking through the parking lot, his appearance suggesting homelessness. The words of Jesus, "Just as you do it to the least of these, you have done it to me," resonated in my mind.

After completing my errand, I unexpectedly crossed paths with the same man again. Without hesitation, I reached into my wallet and retrieved some cash. Pulling alongside him, I rolled down my window and spoke to him. He paused, turning his attention to me as I handed him the money, wishing him a blessed day. He quietly pocketed the money without acknowledging me or the gesture before walking away. The encounter took me aback, as it was not the anticipated reaction.

Reflecting on this experience, I questioned my own motivations. Did a desire for personal validation drive my act of kindness or enhance my own sense of virtue? Did I secretly hope for something in return, such as a grateful smile or acknowledgment that this was enough to provide a meal? It became clear that this moment had become intertwined with my own emotions and desires.

I realized that true kindness extends beyond personal satisfaction. It should be offered freely and without expectation. The focus should shift from anticipating a specific reaction to genuinely offering help. Wow! I know this already. How easy it is to make the world about me and not others. [Blind Spot]

As I contemplated the man's perspective, I considered the challenges he might be facing, challenges not immediately visible to me.

The power of extending kindness lies in its ability to heal, uplift, and instill hope.

With every act of compassion, I extend a helping hand that has the potential to mend wounds and lighten burdens. Ultimately, it's about the impact I can make in the lives of others rather than seeking validation or personal gratification.

How about you? Are your gifts of kindness embedded with a hook like mine in this story?

Watch for the blind spots.

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