Is it true that those who live in Hawaii are just nicer?
It’s been too many months since our world has paused, and everything has changed. We are all adjusting to this new normal. Stress and fear are at an all-time high. Yet, there are ways to overcome.
Simple gestures of kindness can impact not only your day but others as well. During these times, it’s even more critical to acknowledge life is stressful and realized one simple gesture could make a person smile and turn their day into a positive one.
A few years ago, I traveled to California. While I waited in a bank line, I noticed an older man (a Kupuna) drop all his banking paperwork. I looked around and realized no one was going to help him. I quickly got out of line and helped him. At that moment, I realized, if I were in Hawaii, there would be a flurry of people jumping to help the Kupuna. Something so simple yet so essential.
Christmas Tree Randomness
Typically, words and connections have a way of being long-lasting. Yet even a simple Christmas tree decorated on the side of the road can make a person pause, take a deep breath, and realized how beautiful that moment is. I found this to be true when a neighbor decorated a random tree on the side of the highway.
A Mile in Their Shoes
Sometimes, it’s hard to hear “walk a mile in someone else shoes.” My husband uttered this after a stressful moment in the department store. For some reason, the checker was very angry and kept yelling at me. My husband allowed me to think and feel what that checker may be feeling. I needed to walk in his shoes. I realized at that moment that I don’t know what his journey has been like. Remembering that no one walks the same path even while the world is in a pandemic. I’m trying to have a different outlook and give compassion to others in their dark moments.
Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness:
- Make someone laugh
- Hold open a door
- Donate clothes to those in need
- Write a thank-you note for a service provider
- Volunteer for a local food drive
- Pick up some litter
- Let someone go in front of you in line
These lessons have shaped my outlook on the world. I can thank living on the Big Island, which has shaped my perspective on others and my inner journey toward others. I have become a changed person, a better person by living in Hawaii, and sharing aloha with others. It now feels like my responsibility to randomly help others with simple gestures. I encourage you to put compassion in action today and do one random act for another.
With warmest aloha,