I don’t think it can be disputed that Western culture is pretty wasteful.
Even as eco-friendly as I strive to be, I know that I’m guilty of wasting all sorts of things, including food, water, toilet roll, clothes, money etc.
And that’s without even looking at those less tangible areas of waste – time, focus, attention, moments, opportunities …
Yet, there’s something that we can do, that never produces waste. According to Aesop, who was known to tell a good fable or two, it’s kindness. He says:
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”.
Looking back over my life, I can’t think of a single act of kindness that I regret.
Even when the recipient wasn’t perhaps appreciative or reciprocal; I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Remember this as you go about your day. Know that as much as we all have things that we regret or wish we’d approached differently over the course of a day, treating people well won’t be one of them.
You can recycle kindness again and again, without its effect ever dampening. It’ll feel just as good the 100th time as it did the first.
Try it and see.