Little surprises can bring the biggest smiles. To know you are thought of and cared about means more than words can express. It isn’t the big things that often make the most impact. It is the small gestures in a day.
For my daughter, Kelli, sunflowers can light up a room. So anytime we see sunflowers, we make sure to point them out. A friend sent her an arrangement with sunflowers in it. They just seem to lift the mood of the whole house. Yesterday, I went to pick up a bundle of sunflowers. I thought it would perk up our dining room and also bring joy to Kelli. While I was there, I picked up a second bundle. I decided if it could help my house, it could help my office as well. Why not? Little surprises can bring big smiles.
I am always amazed at the things that really make me the most excited. I love it when someone has thought of me in simple ways. A couple of days ago, I opened the fridge to a surprise (a good one). Not only did I have fresh greens and lots of broccoli, but there was a container that had the word “VEGAN” on it. Kelli had made fresh ranch dip and when she did, she made a special batch just for me. She marked it so I would know which belonged to me. It wasn’t something I asked for or expected. It was just a little surprise that brought a big smile.
It really comes down to spreading a little kindness in our day. It is about finding small but meaningful ways to be kind to someone else. It doesn’t take a lot of thought or effort. It simply takes a few moments to think of others. Kindness goes a long way – and it brings big smiles. Maybe we try a little extra kindness today.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life and honor.
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