Why every grocery cart matters

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I read multiple blogs and news arenas online daily, seeking to discover what people need.  One thing I’ve noticed.  Common kindness isn’t as common as it used to be.  A few specific people give in outrageous ways, but day in and day out regular life lacks the visually kind moments.

A grocery cart could change that.

People assume others wants something.  They guard themselves from every intrusion: the random sales calls, online ads, facebook privacy settings.  We’re closing ourselves off from one another.  Why?

We’ve watched it multiple times.  People take advantage of one another.  Everyone’s out for themselves, or so it seems.

What can we do?  It’s our world, our home, our life, we don’t have to passively observe the actions of others and assume that’s it.  We can proactively take the reins in our space and break the mold.

We can choose kindness (one grocery cart at a time).

Not because we have something to gain, not because we’re such wonderful people, but because it matters.  Kindness in its various forms matters.

Where does your brain go when you imagine a kind act you personally could do?  Do you picture Bill Gates with all his lucrative approaches to world education and poverty? What about Oprah and her giving network of friends?

Since those guys are so generous, we can sit back and do nothing, right.  I don’t think so.  Our kind actions may weigh less on the scale of life, but invaluable they are not.  If one million me’s gave one million little kindnesses, we’d outweigh Oprah and Bill Gates.  Or we’d inclusively tip the scales so much, the world would do a double-flip for change.

I like double-flip change.  What about you?

Wondering about that grocery cart thing?  Allow me to share a story.

Years ago, a friend of mine prayed for ideas on how she could help others.  She didn’t know where to begin.  Standing in a parking lot, she felt like God told her to put away a grocery cart hanging out by itself.  Such a small thing, she thought, but she did it.

A few days after she told her story to me, I sat in my car waiting for food at In-and-Out Burger.  She had felt like it didn’t matter.  While I waited, the winter winds blew around my car.   Across the street, I watched a story play out.

One lone grocery cart began rolling across a predominately empty parking lot.  As the wind blew, it picked up speed.  It rammed itself into a parked truck.  From where I sat, I could easily make out the huge dent created by the cart.  Someone’s day had just become incredibly worse.  Then, I thought of my friend.

By moving the cart, she may have saved someone a bunch of money and the headache which inevitably would come.  She may have kept a day brighter for someone who’d already taken enough hits.  I don’t know the real impact of her kind act, but I believe it had an impact.

We can do that.  We can change the world one grocery cart at a time.

Here are 5 kindness ideas you could do today:

1.  Move a grocery cart (you knew I’d say that).

2.  Let someone pass you in line.

3.  Smile at others, whether they smile back or not.

4.  Buy a stranger a cup of coffee.  Next time you visit Starbucks, tell the guy at the counter you want to pay for the person behind you (maybe three people after you, but you get the idea).  Don’t claim credit, just pay the bill.

5.  Put away your neighbor’s garbage bins.  After it’s been picked up, if they keep the bins outside a locked area, pull them back for them. 

Feel free to come up with your own idea and keep the kindness coming.  In today’s tough times, a little kindness shows a little light, and a bunch of little lights really brighten a space.

My choice today:

Seek out a simple kind action and do it. 

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