A Small Act of Kindness
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A Small Act of Kindness

We all have those weeks where everything seems to be falling apart.

A Small Act of Kindness

During these weeks, we tend to lose hope in anything and start to give up on many things in life. These slumps can be very hard to get out of. This week was one of those weeks for me. I wasn’t feeling very hopeful or happy for this reason and that. But, I had a sudden change of mood just the other day.   While eating my weekly chipotle with some of my friends, I watched as a homeless man rummaged through trash cans trying to find empty cans, half eaten food, anything that could help him get through his days. This sight is one that is all too familiar in the streets of Syracuse. Most people simply turn the other way and ignore the men and women who roam Marshall Street trying to find ways to survive. As this man was going through a garbage can, a woman dressed to the nines, hair done, and make up in tact, walked up to him. She was carrying a bag of chipotle that she had just gotten when she approached the man. It was difficult to hear the conversation, but after a few moments of talk, mostly by the woman, she handed over her chipotle to the man.   

This seems like such a small insignificant act. Most people would watch it happen, and go on with their day, that’s if they even took the time to notice it happening at all. However, what this woman did for the homeless man changed my week. While at times I feel as if people can be so unkind, this exchange that I had witnessed had reinstalled hope in my heart. Most of us, myself included, get hung up on the negatives of life when all seems to go wrong. But, it is important to keep in mind that there is good out there. Though sometimes it is hard to find in this world, if we look hard enough there are people who are out there doing kind acts like this one everyday. I think more people should do small acts of kindness like this one. While I was just a bystander, this act affected me as well. It gave me happiness and hope that there are truly good-hearted people in the world, even though we tend to only see the bad. If we all stepped up and participated in this little acts of kindness, we could not only impact the lives of the ones we give to, but to the lives of others watching.   

Although my week started out bad, watching this exchange of kindness gave me a sudden burst of happiness and hope in my life. This short moment I witnessed made me question my actions and what I can do to make the world a little bit happier and kinder. If one person can change a week, a day, or even an hour for a person just by simply giving them left over food, think of how many days could be made if we all took time to give back and reach out to others. I wish that I would see more of these small acts of kindness in the world. This woman gave the homeless man much more than some food. She showed him that people do still care. What I took from all of this is that people are still good. We may have to sift through the bad to find the good, but there are genuine people out there. 

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