ABUNDANT LIVING: In a world full of trouble — kindness matters

Recently, I have been thinking about the troubled times we live in. You see the tragedies on television, in the newspaper and on social media.

Another day, another shooting. Car wrecks, celebrity suicides, global climate change, etc… It can be overwhelming at times.

In order to cope, I sometimes have to stop and take an inventory of some of the good things in my life — my family, my friends, and my health to name a few. I sometimes reflect on the innate goodness of most people and about the huge impact that random acts of kindness have in people’s lives and the world in general. In doing so I was reminded of a story and I thought I would pass it on.

A while back I had the good fortune to witness a simple, but beautiful, act of kindness. I was on a short vacation with my family in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was watching a street musician playing a guitar on a bench. A teenage girl was also watching with her family. The musician invited her up to help with a song and handed her another string instrument, which I believe was some sort of dulcimer (all of my musical friends, please forgive my ignorance).

After a bit she mentioned that it was her birthday to the musician. He then turned to her and said, “keep it, it’s yours.” Her jaw dropped and she was beside herself at his display of generosity.

After a minute she got up and walked over to her family to borrow a marker, which she then handed him and asked him to sign the instrument for her. On and on, she kept talking about his generosity, even after he had left.

How we treat others and walk through life really does make more of an impact than our material success. I often wonder what my own legacy will be. I am definitely not wealthy with material possessions and I am not especially famous, nor, do I believe, will these things even matter after I leave this Earth.

I do believe, however, that it is the little things we do on a daily basis that make the world a better place and are the things that will live on — our relationships with friends and family; raising our children to be kind, respectful people and good global citizens; listening to a friend who is going through tough times.

These are the things that build true wealth. So, the next time you think that you are unimportant and that you are having no significant impact upon the world, remember, kindness matters.

Bellomo has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, is a certified strength and condition specialist and performance enhancement specialist with 24 years in the fitness and wellness field. For more fitness tips contact him at dbfitnesslab@gmail.com or visit Bellomo Online Training on Facebook