Day 86: A Random Act of Kindness

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

Every morning at 10:00 am on the dot, I get a new quote sent to me from SparkQuotes, a wonderful little app that also offers a quote reflection to go along with the idea the quote presents to get you thinking of the personal significance. Well today being no different than any other day, a quote popped up on my phone and it said this,

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ”

I saw that and I went ya that’s very true but right off the bat I didn’t have much to go with it. So I proceeded to get ready for work and then got to Kipling station, swiped my little metropass and walked up the escalator and down the platform. About halfway down, minding my business, I get stopped by this guy. He goes “hey, did you drop this? I saw it fall a little while back…” and he hands me my October Metropass, a card you pay to ride the TTC (Toronto Transit system for all you non- Torontonians), which this month cost me $126.00. And I was a little dumbfounded. I broke out into a grin because a) that’s incredible to have my metropass returned, an item that I’ve heard gets regularly stolen on the TTC and b) to see in living colour that people are really good, and kind and honest and most importantly watching out for each other. All I could do is smile and thank him and smile some more after I laughed about it.

Which brings me to where I am now, sitting on the TTC, thinking about my quote from not even a full half hour ago.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ”

And now I see the truth of that statment in its fullness. The kindness that that guy, a total stranger, gave to me, out of the goodness of his own heart, leaves with me an imprint to do better today and to pay it forward as the saying goes. At some point maybe the chance will present itself and because I’ve had such a wonderful experience I won’t even think twice in acting out in kindness.

Karma, I guess is also the greater spiritual teaching at play here today. I know myself to want to always be good to others but I don’t give up my seat to elderly women on the subway or smile real smiles at people on the street to get something out of it. I do those things because I know that they make another persons day better. I’ll probably never see this guy again but thats not the point is it? People flit in and out of our lives and the teaching I personally feel is to be that person for somebody else, to bring happiness and small acts of kindness into another’s life and know that you’ve influenced them for the better.

I don’t these moments for granted and neither should you. You get paid out slowly by karma and it may be over the course of a long time, but just know that if good things are happening, it’s for a good reason and it’s for you.

Let me know if you’ve experienced any random acts of kindness before and how that made you feel, I would love to hear about it!