I recently participated in a mom’s panel. During the session, panelists received an array of questions that we needed to answer on the spot. Many of the questions were about balancing “mom” life with “me” life. However, there was one question asked that really stuck with me. It was a parenting question about the one lesson we would want our little ones to keep forever. Just one. How do you pick just one?
As I waited for my turn to respond, many life’s lessons ran through my head. There were so many lessons I wish my daughter would live by. Other panelists responded with “be confident” and “love yourself”. “Both great”, I remember thinking. Then it was my turn. I decided to clear my head and say the first thing that came to me.
After the words left my mouth and they had moved on to the next responder, I questioned whether that was really THE one life lesson I would want my daughter to live by.
The following day I exchanged emails with someone I had met through Zumba about 7 years ago. We were both starting out in our Zumba careers and I had offered helping her with songs and letting her do routines in my classes. A few years after that, I asked her to cater my daughter’s 1st birthday with her new catering business. Since then, we had stayed in touch primarily through social media and some emails when we need substitutes for classes. I had expressed to her that I was looking to pick up more morning classes since my daughter would be in school full time in the fall. My intention of the email exchange was to put some feelers out to see if she knew of any positions available.
She responded back saying that I had always been supportive of her and she would never forget that. And just like that, she handed me her class. That’s when I knew.
I knew that I had given the right response on the panel. Be kind. I hadn’t thought twice about helping out a friend those years back. I didn’t expect anything in return or pay back one day. However, there it was. Because I had helped her, she returned the favor and was able to help me this time.
Kindness is an amazing thing. Its not hard to be kind to someone, even in the smallest way possible. We remember those who are kind to us and will most likely show kindness in return. As the saying goes, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
So, be kind, my little one. Be kind. You might just be surprised at where that alone can take you.