June 13: Be Kind, Rewind

The famous words from 1990s advertising, pleading customers of video rental establishments to rewind their VHS tapes before returning them to the store, thus saving rental stores and subsequent customers from spending time to check and rewind every VHS tape.

Just think, back in the 90’s, the act of rewinding a video might have taken 30-60 seconds per video, yet so many customers finished a movie, hit EJECT and took the movie back to the store, figuring that someone else would remind it for them.

What if you were the person that rented a video from the store, got home to watch it, only to find it start up at the final credits.  Now, you have to take 30-60 seconds to rewind the video to start from the beginning. While 30-60 seconds does not sound like a lot of time, the perceived inconvenience and inconsiderateness of the previous renter is what caused the outcry that eventually led to that advertising.  Advertising that pleaded with customers to take 30-60 seconds of their time to BE KIND and think about others.

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

I don’t know when it happened, but it seems that more and more, people are only looking out for themselves. For Number 1.  What happened to the general practice of human kindness?

Kindness is addictive. Whether you are the spark or simply paying it forward, simply being involved is what matters.

It is such a simple concept, yet so hard to implement for the vast majority.

  • When someone needs to merge into traffic, let them merge. One car length doesn’t matter.
  • When you are the one who needs to merge, and someone lets you, give them a wave to let them know you appreciate it
  • Ask someone how their day is. Actually care about their answer.
  • Hold the door open for the woman pushing a stroller.
  • Give the homeless guy on the street corner a buck or two. Even a 40oz will make him happy.
  • Never forget to say “thank you”

Small acts of kindness. Big impact.  Simple as that.

31 Days. 31 Ways. June 13: Practice Random Acts of Kindness

What does kindness mean to you?

What suggestions for random acts of kindness would you like to share with everyone here?

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  • Nicki

    You know I’d have something to say 🙂

    I do my share of community service, because I like to not because I have to. I’m a firm believer in treating others the way in which you, yourself, wish to also be treated. I try to go out of my way to smile at those society deems “the unloveable” and to be honest, shame on society to label people in that class.

    I can’t change society but I can extend kindness, one smile at a time. I can treat others with kindness and respect whom normally others wouldn’t give a second glance at. I say hi to the beggar on the street (though don’t give cash always).

    At work, where the general (credit union) public is the poorer, credit is more challenged, and their life experiences are more severe. I maintain eye contact and offer a hand shake regardless of their hygiene appearance and I don’t judge when talking to folks that have experienced life issues and empathize when sharing their story with me.

    Being kind is a way of life.

    • I always expect you to have something to say.  That is why we get along so well 🙂

      As I said above with the other comments, it really is a state of mind, being kind, being generous, but most people are not like you, they will not initiate that kindness or generosity, they just expect it.

  • One simple act of kindness is all it takes to make someone smile and to erase at least a little bit of gloominess in the world. It is important to remember how to be kind because it is what makes us more human. Being kind reminds us of love and life. It makes us want to change the world or to be the change in someone else’s life and that’s why it is important for us not to forget about it. 

    Be kind because you feel like and you know there is something you can do about this selfish world. Be kind because you want to be the change that this world needs. 🙂

    • I wish more people had that mentality.  Unfortunately, too many people don’t.  It is such a novel concept, essentially “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – but nobody wants to be the first person to be nice, or smile, they expect the other person to initiate the kindness.  That is what I see as our biggest issue as a society.

      • that is so true! many people don’t want to be the initiator of a kind act. Everybody thinks that being the first to smile or help out is a sign of vulnerability. And that’s such a sad reality. I just hope we can break away from that wrong impression and start to just be kind without any hesitations. 

  • An act of kindness can be as simple as your attitude. Being friendly, patient, and listening to someone even when they are very cross can help them feel better or brighten their day. It doesn’t cost anything to greet someone with a smile.

    • Exactly, I believe kindness IS an attitude.  It is also a frame of mind.  Since kind actions are a conscious decision, I definitely believe that the mindset relates back to the character of the person.

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