*I had a different post scheduled for the end of the day today, but then this happened and I felt compelled to share it…
Today I was going through my emails and I stumbled across a mass mailer from a PR company in New York. I had been receiving these periodically for months, and they didn’t really fit the scope of what I do for papernstitch. So, I wrote back a quick couple of sentences to the sender and asked to be removed from the list. She wrote me right back and said I had been removed, but that’s not what struck me. She actually thanked me..
“Sorry about that Brittni. Thank you for being so nice about it! You have been removed from the list.”
A thank you from a total stranger for being nice. It made me smile.
And you know what happened after that?
This is the part where you might think I am going to tell you that she wrote me back just hours later and told me that because of my kindness she wanted to repay the favor by doing x, y, and z for me. And how you should always be nice to people, especially when it comes to your business, because you just never know what it will get you in the future. Blah, blah, blah.
But that’s not what happened.
So you wanna know what actually happened?
Nothing. And that is exactly the point.
You should be kind to people in every situation. People you know and people you don’t know. Just because. Not in hopes that you can later get something “out of it”. Not because you never know what connections that person might have. Just because.
Just because it’s better for you. For the people around you. For the people you know. And for the ones that you have not yet met. And it makes you feel good to be kind to someone else.
So I am challenging you.
To make every attempt to simply be nice. To everyone that you talk to, virtually or in person. For just one week.
See how it makes you feel to continually be friendly and kind in uncomfortable situations and random occurrences. Watch how it makes other people feel when they encounter your compassion, your smile, your generally “nice” attitude, however seemingly small it may be. And then, after the week is over, I dare you to stop.
Bet you won’t.
Share your thoughts on this topic below. And if you know someone who needs to read this, send it to them…
image c/o Momo Prints