I’ve been on the receiving end of niceness and it feels great. Once someone gave me a generous gift of a beautiful dress. Another time, my friend Meegs sent me unexpectedly in the post a selection of Tassie goodies just out of the blue.
will you be old and grumpy or old and sweet?
When I try and think of times I’ve been nice to others, I have to admit it strains my brain. I’m appalled at my own un-niceness (a word). It would seem I don’t have it naturally. I also believe that as people age, the habits they practice through life become more pronounced. That’s why people either get ‘old and sweet’ or ‘old and grumpy’. So I think unless I choose to practice a bit more niceness in my life I’m going to end up a grumpy old bugger, waving my walking stick around angrily at ‘these young people of today’ and complaining loudly about everything.
This week I was challenged and excited by an active group of readers of one of my fave blogs craigharper.com.au who asked his readers to report in on random acts of kindness. The responses were overwhelming and delightful to read. Popular acts were paying anonymously for coffee, helping neighbours with gardening things, but Banjo reported this:
Hilarious!!! Remembered I’d seen a front yard of weeds down the street, so popped my gardening gloves in my pocket and wandered down….to find them all gone! Bugger. Kept walking and then saw the town’s “Mr Growly Grumpy” in his front yard. Gathered all of my courage, stepped onto the forbidden territory of his manicured front lawn and asked “Would you like a hand with anything?” Left 30 mins later with a bag of gorgeous fresh cucumbers and a new best buddy
Continued my walk, handing out
conversation and cucumbers to everyone I encountered (including some Polish
backpackers in a minivan). Smiles all round and I arrived home with a cucumber,
a dozen tomatoes, 2 zucchinis, and a bag of lemons. The circle turns pretty
quickly around here! What a great way to start a weekend
Niceness will cause you to step out of your comfort zone. It carries risk – you may get rejected. I guess we’ll all have to decide whether or not the risk is worth the potential paydirt.
Call to niceness
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Come on people! Be nice!