There’s a commercial in Thailand that powerfully demonstrates how caring for someone is more meaningful than all the money in the world. This commercial beautifully portrays – simple random acts of kindness. Visually and verbally it reflects how small thoughtful deeds not only bring great joy to the recipients but also to the giver.
I’ve always been a big believer of this mantra. When you do something greater than yourself – the universe rewards you in unimaginable ways.
It’s a stunning demonstration of what is most important in life. How small, individual acts of thoughtfulness create a greater existence. In today’s world, especially the business world, the mantra is usually. “What’s in it for me or What do I get out of this?” If only we could change it to, “What can I do?”
In the commercial the young man helps a street vendor move his heavy cart. He hangs a bunch of bananas on the handle of an old lady’s apartment door. He gives up his seat on the bus. Shares his meal with a hungry dog. Hands over what little cash he has in his wallet to a woman and her young daughter begging on the street. Every day.
The words of the commercial are well worth repeating.
“What does he get in return for doing this each day?
He gets nothing.
He won’t be richer.
He won’t appear on TV.
And not a bit more famous.
What he does receive are emotions.
He witnesses happiness.
He reaches a deeper understanding.
Feels the love.
He receives what money can’t buy.
A world made more beautiful.
And in your life?
What is it that you desire most?”
Read those words again. And think about them. Really think about them. And then act upon them. What random acts of kindness can we perform each day? Whose lives can we enrich by being a helping hand? Who can we make happy today? How can we come to forge a deeper understanding and appreciation of ourselves?
And, finally, ask yourself: What is it that you desire most? And then do something about it, even if it feels random.
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