Hard Wired For Kindness

Updated on August 4, 2019

I Have Proof

It must be true

Every day I look around and see the world

Through a very special lens

I want to help

I think of all the possibilities

I ask myself the same question

Over and over

Silently in my head

What can I do ?

Ideas come to me

They start out slow

Like little bursts of energy

Impulses and urges

What would make that person happy?

If it is an elderly person

A child with their parents

I see a situation

Then I wonder how to make that moment even better

Inspiration strikes

Thoughts pop in and out of my head instantly

I find nothing more important

Than making a smile

Looking for a laugh

Helping by some kind act

Years ago my mother and father did the same thing

I have seen my mother give a dollar to a child helping their mother

While she was food shopping

She would say...

This is for being a good girl

Put it in the bank

Save if up for something special

Maybe buy an ice cream

Both the child and the parent would light up

Beeming with pride

My father would give someone a break

He would do something very few would do

Help pay for their food

If someone was down on their luck

Give them a break they deserved

They never forgot where they came from

They know how hard it is to earn money

Raising four boys wasn't always easy

What a nice gesture

My mom noticed someone doing the right thing

Then she acted

I have heard quite often

We end up like our parents

Feeling good inside and out

I love how quickly happiness can spread

Hooked on a feeling

Helping someone special

A person that I didn't know before today

Has changed me in some small way

Making life a little more beautiful

Much more fulfilling

Than the sweetiest jelly donut

Over filled and dripping

The one you lick your fingers

When know one is looking

Making sure you don't miss one drop

Randomly giving

The smallest and simliest gesture

Like a secret Santa

But only better

You don't have to wait to Christmas

It is any place or anytime

Someone else can be appreciated

There are so many levels

Like a gamer

Instead of spending hours upon hours

Waiting and working hard to move up and advance

This is real life

The exact moment may never come again

It is now or never

There are so many ways

Holding the door

Giving someone your parking spot

Even though you were their first

Staying later at the end of a party

When everyone is leaving

You stay and help clean up

Many times this is done quietly

I don't know if this is a rational or irrational decision

Nobody else will notice

You know you did the right thing

You can feel the real sensation

A beautiful tingling inside your heart


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      12 months ago

      Ann Carr I was in the kitchen reading your comment on Hubpages on our laptop and my wife in the next room watching t.v., she called out and said is this too loud babe? I said it's fine. She had me in mind and I have her on my mind even if we are together but still doing different things. She knows I was reading and trying to write. We live in a small home and it is easy to do different things but it is harder not to bother each other. My life likes her t.v. programs (Guys family cooking and Property Brothers.) I try to spend most of my time writing and reading. I will watch t.v. with her but then nothing gets done. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem and sharing a lovely response. Have a wonderful night.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      This is lovely and I know what you mean. Doing a random act of kindness creates such wonderful responses, in others and within ourselves. We learn by example. I have grandchildren who are loving and giving because they see that their parents are like that. They enjoy giving and seeing the effect and so do I.

      Behaviour and emotions are certainly handed down to us from parents or other family members and we choose to use them or not - as you say, an opportunity can so easily be missed.

      Great sentiments, well expressed.


      PS: Love your snowball analogy in your reply to Dora!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      13 months ago

      Dora Weithers I know no matter how my day may turn out I have already done something nice. I often like to think of my life as a snowball rolling down a hill. The more I move the bigger I get. Each time I get larger and larger. The small white ball I started with is soon two times the size and twice as bright. Sometimes I break in two automatically so another snowball can start their own path. No extra effort on my part. It just happens from me doing what I love to do. As I put forth the more positive effort I get a more beautiful result. Then as each snowball travels in their own direction they also break up and send multiple snowballs every which way. At any time we can see progress and goodness develop. Other snowballs can roll faster or slower. Each at their own pace. Now the weather will change and some snowballs will melt. It is o.k. It is the cycle of life. We know we can keep making more and the more we have the bigger they are the greater chance we have for success. These crazy thoughts dance in my head all the time. It is not something I read or can find. It is just a great feeling of satisfaction. Like walking on a windy day. The breeze just cools you off and makes you feel wonderful. It is nothing that you did directly. Just at the right place at the right time. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. May a cool breeze refresh your body and mind while the beautiful weather encourages you to do more than before. Have a great morning.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      13 months ago

      Lorna Lamon Often we hear about the bad in the world. I believe if we focus on that alone we feel sad, unhappy, unsafe, afraid and the list is endless. If we focus on the good people and good things we can have a much greater effect on other people and their children for generations to come. We can't solve all the worlds problems. What we can do is create a greater good that is more able to focus and deal with any problem that does exist. We are also setting a good example for others to follow. Everyone can do their own twist on helping and sharing. The possibilities are infinite. The world could be such a better place if we all made small changes to make it better. It is not going to happen overnight. Thank you for reading and being the first to comment.I hope your day is filled with laughter and joy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your parents were excellent examples of kindness. The satisfaction comes from doing what God lays on your heart to do. Great thought for the day or week.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      I think our characters are formed depending on the upbringing we have. I think the kindness of your parents has affected how you are and that can only be a good thing. Your poem is inspirational.


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