Random acts of kindness are the hardest things to do
You have to see through the dirt on a stranger's face
so you can recognize his soul, his humanity
beneath the mask of stereotypes and judgment
You have to feel a connection to individuals
and to everyone
You have to see the invisible people living in gutters
and the lonely ones hurting in mansions on the hill.
Random acts of kindness are the easiest things to do
You get to see yourself reflected in someone else's joyful tears
with an arm outstretched
an encompassing heart
and an honest smile
You get to feel the warmth of a hug
of a "thank you"
You get paid for your effort every day from that very moment
knowing in your heart that you stopped where others kept on
you looked around
you saw the world
you reached out
and you kept love alive one more day.