Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty

The other night I went out to a dance club, a place I normally dread because it comes in conflict with my usual introverted nature. Another reason I hate going out to dance clubs is because I can’t dance! I usually end up standing around while my friends dance and feeling a bit silly. I have tried to dance on multiple occassions and never feel even remotely comfortable doing it or even asking a woman to dance with me which usually causes a wave of diverse, but usually always dysphoric feelings. After a couple of hours of being in this dance club, watching my friends have a good time, but feeling rather idiotic myself, a friend I hadn’t seen in a couple of years but had known since maybe 1st grade came up to me and asked “Why aren’t you dancing”. I explained to her that I couldn’t dance and felt stupid when I tried to dance. She smiled, approached me and proceeded to dance with me. It was wonderful. I was nervous, but she made me feel comfortable and encouraging in her attempts to show me that I could dance and not feel or look stupid. Our dance lasted all of two minutes, but it was enough to make my night and leave a lasting positive impression.

As I sit back to do some introspection there are many different ways I could go with this. I could look at and analyze my self-esteem, my neurotic anxiety or any number of factors in this situation, but what stands out to me, what seems to be the most positive factor here is my friends random act of kindess and senseless beauty. She made my day and it didn’t cost her anything except two minutes of her time. She didn’t have to be so kind, but she chose to be and helped create a lasting positive memory. With that, I would like all of us to commit a random act of kindness and senseless beauty today and everyday. It doesn’t take much, but it can create a lasting and positive impression and if you believe in karma, what goes around comes around and kindness begets kindness.  

-“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” (Aesop; 620BC-560BC), The Lion and the Mouse.