A Proverb a day gets you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, April 11, 2016.
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you. Proverbs 11:17
Be Kind, Please Rewind
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before DVDs and streaming services, there was the video store. While it seems strange to consider now, there was a time when to see a movie at home, you had to leave the house, go to a store and rent a video cassette. You would browse the aisles, find the video tape you wanted, and take it to the counter to check out. You’d have it for three or four days then bring it back to the store, and select another one. No matter the movie, there was a small sticker on each cassette that said, “Be kind, please rewind.” The idea was if you used the video, before you returned it to the store you should be kind to the next person to use it by rewinding it, so that they could conveniently watch it.
It seemed like a simple thing, but when you got a video that was not rewound you understood just how important it was. You see, a tape that was not rewound meant that you could not watch the movie as you had planned to. You could not dig into your popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. You had to sit there while your warm popcorn got cold, your cold drink got warm, and make chit-chat until the tape rewound to the beginning for you to watch, because someone else was not kind and didn’t rewind. It wasn’t a big deal, but you always wanted to find out who the inconsiderate person was that watched the tape and didn’t rewind it for the next person.
You see kindness, is not always in the big things, it is often in the little things. It is in doing just a little something that makes things easier for the other person. Kindness is the art of being friendly, generous and considerate to another person. We know it when we see it, because we are so often surprised by it. We are surprised when we see the person that goes out of their way for someone else just because. We are surprised when we see the person that holds the door for others, taking those extra few seconds just to be nice. What if we stopped being surprised and made kindness a way of life? What if we all took the extra time to not rush onto our next thing, but be kind to the person coming behind us. It may just be a small thing, but imagine how great it would be if someone did it for you.