Kindness can be measured in many ways. Sometimes we think we're helping someone when in fact they don't need anything of the sort at the moment. It's like buying a gift for someone's birthday. Do you buy something you like, or do you give them something you think they want?
For me it's always hit or miss. I am not too good at reading other people. I like to ask them questions to get to know them better, but it's hard for me to fully understand what they need. You may think you're being kind to someone by complementing them on their hair or their shoes, when actually they don't even care about that. It's hard to make people happy. So what do you do? I say you keep trying. You can't make everybody happy all the time. You can't be nice to people so that they like you. But you do have to be nice to everyone because they deserve it. We all deserve to be treated nicely and with respect.
I feel I am rambling, so let me go straight to this week's Found Art.
I thought it would be a good idea to give away one of the prints I had up for sale in the art fair, (a print from the painting above) so I pinned a note to it. I wrote that this print was free but that they needed to answer one question, that way, they have to work a little for it, and it makes it more interesting. Plus, it helps me get to know them better. I had a great chance to ask a complete stranger anything I wanted. Anything. And they would be ready and willing to answer. So the print was there, in the box, waiting. Lots of people saw it, paused for a second, and then moved on. Maybe they didn't want the print, even though it said THIS PRINT IS FREE. Maybe it was too much trouble to answer the question, maybe they didn't get it.
Until Melissa came along. She was so surprised by it, and was worried she might not know the answer to my question. But the question was this:
"What is your favorite ice cream flavor?" simple, right? She answered, and she got the print.
Thanks for playing along Melissa!