Well I guess this is where I begin.
It's hard to figure out how to start writing, and what story to tell first, and what point to establish to your audience. But sometimes you just need to be in the moment and write.
Everyday I go to drop my daughter to Montessori early in the morning. We are in Massachusetts so the mornings here tend to be pretty chilly. The school is smack in the middle of cramped city streets, so theres always construction and almost always congestion. There's a man who guides the traffic in and out of the parking lot every morning. He stands there, without fail - every single day. Most of the time people listen to him, but then of course there are those who are so busy looking at their screens, and the clock on their dashboard to notice he said to park on the left as they turned right. I have never seen him get upset, or ever seen him slouch or scowl. He simply stands there with his coffee and tries to make sure no one hits a car or a child.
Today for some reason I felt the need to say thank you. Maybe it's the season, or maybe its because I'm in my 8th month straight of exclusively nursing my younger daughter that my hormones are making me extra emotional. Either way, I wanted to thank this complete stranger. In my mind I remembered that I had some bananas that were about to be too ripe, and decided then and there that I was going to make him some muffins. My soul smiled.
I truly think kindness is underestimated. Being treated kindly spreads a warmth over you, you suddenly feel the urge to smile and have an extra bounce in your step without even realizing it. But when we choose to show kindness to others, the effect is heightened ten-fold. It's a reminder that even though we live our lives independently, we are all somehow connected. Our actions are in constant motion long after that moment we made someone smile. When we are kind, we have chosen positivity. We have chosen to make that moment selfless and chosen to share a little bit of ourselves. Taking care of others and this world of ours is just as important as taking care of all the little things we do for ourselves in our daily lives.
I regret that random act of kindness....said no one ever.
Make some muffins for someone you want to thank too 🙂
Random Act of Kindness Banana Chocolate Chip muffins
Preheat Oven to 350F
- 1 1/2 cup A.P Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips (mixed with 1 tbsp flour)
- Combine dry ingredients
- Mash bananas in a medium bowl and add sugars and wet ingredients until combined
- Mix in dry ingredients into wet ingredients
- Add chocolate chips
- Pour batter into 12 muffin liners
- Bake 24-27 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.