This video is only 4 minutes long but is an amazingly touching video…take the time to watch this.-A.M.

This poignant four-minute video produced by Cleveland Clinic is a good reminder to be other-centered instead of self-centered. That’s a powerful lesson to keep in mind because you never know if the next person you run into is having the best day of her life. Or the worst.

If you knew the man sitting at the next table was feeling utterly alone and desperate, would you take a moment to smile warmly and offer a kind word? Or would you sip your coffee, check your phone and ignore him?

Someone close to me told me he was in a dark place a few years back, struggling to find a reason to get up in the morning. At the checkout line in a grocery store, a woman smiled at him and said, “God bless you.” He didn’t know this woman. He didn’t even believe in God at the time. But he said the fact that she reached out to him in kindness, even for a moment, gave him hope and may have even saved his life.

David Wagner, author of "Life As a Daymaker"

David Wagner, author of “Life As a Daymaker: How To Change The World By Making Someone’s Day”

At the end of David Wagner’s powerful, life-changing story in my book, he said:

You might be somebody’s only angel of the day and you can’t take that for granted.

Amen. Your simple gesture of kindness may be the lifeline that prevents someone from sinking beneath the deep waters of despair.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Rev. John Watson


It is not your act of kindness itself that touches people, it is the caring, the love, the compassion that accompanies it. Even just a simple, genuine smile may be enough restore their faith in humanity.

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Frederick Buechner


The more you consciously practice kindness, the more you unconsciously become kinder. Whom shall you bless with your kindness? Whoever is in front of you and in need of your compassion. They have crossed your path for a reason.

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you.
Saint Augustine


You cannot begin to grasp the meaning and purpose of life until kindness has touched your soul and softened your heart.

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