The other day a friend of mine posted a picture from an internet site that showed the before picture of the entrance of a house. Actually it was an after picture, after a ton of snow had fallen on the ground, and covered the entrance. Next to it was a picture of the same entrance but it was shoveled and swept out. I clicked on the picture which took me to the original site of the picture. Who ever took the picture posted something like: “look what I did for my elderly neighbor”.
My thought: awww, how nice! What a wonderful and easy thing to do for someone to make a difference.
Stupidly I started to read the comments below the picture on the original site. One comment said something to the effect of: “I was going to pat you on the back but it looks like you’ve already done that.”
I wondered in what mean spirit that was meant?
Then like an idiot I went back again today to see if anyone said something nice. I should have just left it alone with my initial disappointment. Now I have a heavy load of disappointment.
I had immediately gotten the “awwwww”‘s from it.
But this person (and then sadly many follow up commenters) got the attitude that doing nice things are no longer considered nice if you share the nice thing you did.
Maybe if we shared more nice things we did for one another our atmosphere would be full of kind deeds and positive thoughts.
Instead of….not so kind thoughts and positive deeds. What’s wrong with wanting to share positive, and encouragement to do positive?
I feel bad for the commenter. Like maybe someone needs to take him or her a cherry pie. Or a smile. And then he or she can share it with all of the others who agree that positive begetting positive is a silly thing to try.
Kindness is a very simple act. A very simple smile. A very simple thought.
And sharing is a very easy way to start a chain reaction.
Personally I would really enjoy more pictures of kindness and thoughtfulness.