My husband recently had surgery which required us to spend a few days in a bleak, sterile hospital room. His room was in a newly remodeled wing of the hospital. It was actually one of the nicest hospital rooms that I have seen but in spite of the mini fridge and flat screen HD television, it was still at its core, a hospital room.
As I sat in this dreary room the morning after my husband’s surgery, a hospital volunteer walked in with a single yellow Gerbera daisy in a small vase. This small flower seemed to instantly brighten the dismal room. Just looking at this single yellow daisy seemed to ease my weariness and lift my spirits. Seeing it made me smile.
I was amazed by how much this small gift affected me. I was once again reminded of the power and influence that a single act of kindness can have. A single yellow daisy given out of kindness brightened the room, my spirits and my day.
The same can be true of a single smile, a single hello, a single phone call, text or email. The same can also be true of a single note of encouragement, a single door held open, a single hug, thank you, or prayer…There are countless opportunities every day for us to perform single acts of kindness that have the potential to change the lives of others.
The petals on that single yellow daisy have long since wilted, but the thoughtfulness and kindness behind it remain in my thoughts. When I think of it, I am reminded to look for opportunities to brighten the days and the lives of those around me the same way that single flower brightened mine.