Unexpected Kindness, The Eleventh Week of the Second Year in the New Abnormal
I left my passport at the hotel two and half miles from Reykjavik. I was leaving for JFK the next day. We had had a magnificent trip, and my passport was in the safe where I left it along with U.S. dollars I wasn’t going to spend in Iceland. Our driver, an adventure tour guide in his own right, was going to drop off some guests and pick up passengers to bring back to the capitol city the next morning. He would be happy to bring back my passport and drive us to the airport. The magnificent experience continued.
I next called the hotel. They got back to me to let me know they had secured my passport and money and it was in an envelope at the front desk waiting for our driver. This was all done with ease. The Icelandic vibe was “no problem.” It seemed inherent to them to be kind and considerate. They did not communicate any extra effort, nor did they indicate I was putting them out in any way. I was beyond relieved.
Surprisingly, I also didn’t berate myself for my forgetfulness. Not that long ago I would have been so hard on myself for not being uber aware of everything. This time, though, my mistake led to a greater appreciation of the kindness of others. To be the fortunate recipient of thoughtfulness was another gift of the trip. Not only did we enjoy natural wonders, but we also took pleasure in naturally wonderful people. It was good fortune, indeed.
- See if there is an easy way to give to another. Offer your seat on public transportation, open the door for a stranger, pay for someone else’s coffee, or create your own thoughtful act. Be part of an enduring act of kindness.
- Let someone know how much you appreciate their kindness. Whether you mention something having witness a kind act, are in touch with someone from the past who was good to you, or you give a warm thank you in the moment, your appreciation perpetuates kindness at large.
- Identify aspects of nature you most enjoy. If you’re able to visit, great. If not, perhaps you can find items or scents that elicit your enjoyment. It can be sea water, flowers, cut grass, or mountain air. Whatever your pleasure, breath in the satisfying aroma.