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?