Give Your Time and Show Loved Ones Your Care

You don’t always need to buy things for others to show them that you care about them. In fact, sometimes the kindest thing that you can do for them is to just let them know that you are there for them. No matter what somebody might be going through, always having the love and support can provide the strength needed to overcome any challenge.

In continuation of the 100 random acts of kindness, I am pleased to say that this one has nothing to do with coffee or even spending a penny. Yes, money can help to spread kindness, it definitely isn’t necessary. And today, I want to show you that.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

About a month ago, I got the news that my grandma was sick. I don’t really know too many details, but every Friday for an entire month, my grandma was going to have to go through chemotherapy to help fight Leukemia.

Growing up, my grandma was one of my best friends. We would do everything together. I would stay at her house for weeks at a time during the summer, and during the school year, she would randomly come and pick me up only to take me out to lunch. If I ever just needed someone to talk to, she was always the first ones there for me.

As I have aged, though, our relationship has changed. Not necessarily in a bad way, but we simply aren’t as close as we once were. I still love her dearly and respect the fact that she is my grandma, but I can also admit that my actions haven’t always been the nicest.

Unfortunately, it took my grandma getting sick to make me realize how truly blessed I am to have her in my life. It took her getting sick to make me realize that there were times that I had taken our relationship for granted.

Showing Loved Ones You Care

Today, as I was out walking my dog, I had the sudden urge to go over and see my grandma. I wasn’t going to ask her for help or to do anything for me like I normally do. Instead, I just wanted to give her a big hug, ask how she was doing, and just let her know that I am here for her just like she has been here for me all of these years.

When I got there, she sprang up from her chair, had a smile on her face, and gave me one of the biggest hugs that I can remember ever getting from her. I don’t know what they are treating her with, but I can’t remember the last time I have seen my grandma with that much energy and glow in her eyes.

For the next ten minutes, we just talked and hung out like old times. We talked about how she was feeling, how her treatment was going, what the next steps were, and about a new job that I was applying for.

It wasn’t much, but talking with her for those ten minutes was more than we had talked in a long time.

As I was getting ready to leave, I told her that I was going to take her to lunch or dinner soon. Seeing the smile on her face and the energy that filled her eyes made me realize that one of the strongest ladies that I have ever known was going to be alright. She was, yet again, showing her true strength and she was going to win this battle.

Final Thoughts

I learned a lot from today.

Not only did I learn that sometimes the nicest thing we can do as humans is to show others we genuinely care about them, but I also learned not to take any of my relationships for granted.

It took my grandma getting sick for me to realize how truly blessed I am to have her in my life. This is something that I hope not to ever take for granted again.

The purpose of today’s random act of kindness was to show that money isn’t the only way to show kindness towards others.

Sometimes taking time to hold the door open for a stranger, telling somebody that they look nice, or surprising somebody for a random talk is all that’s needed to help put a smile on their face.

What we forget to realize is that we are actually our greatest resource. We all of the ability to help change the world no matter how much money or how many resources we have at our disposal. All it takes is a kind heart, some additional time, and the desire to change the world to actually create that change.

Instead of waiting for the “right opportunity,” create it. Seek to change the world by taking the time out of your day to put a smile on somebody else’s face. The more you smile and the more those around you smile, the more the world smiles.

Michael Bonnell

Mastering life day by day and taking you with me • Writing on self-awareness, mindset, and personal growth.

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