I have come to learn that during this season of focusing on our own goals and our own aspirations we can sometimes become consumed with ourselves. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I have found that this time of year we can lose site of the opportunities to show kindness for someone else as we strive to close out our busy year with achieving our own goals that we may have set for ourselves.
Last week, as I was leaving a class at a senior facility I grabbed my bag and attempted to hurry out to get on with some personal errands I had to do. I stopped for a second to say goodbye to a sweet little man who often just sits at the computer and cries. He chooses to never participate in yoga and I rarely see him interact with anyone. Instead, he just cries. Weeps is more like it.
There was my moment to choose myself, or choose kindness.
I pulled up a chair and leaned towards him. He wiped his tears and stuttered a bit as I sat to talk to him. Since the yoga class prior was about setting goals for growth and personal development, I asked him if he had a goal. He very quietly whispered, “do you think it is too late to learn to read?”
He is 61 years old. He had never learned to read.
No wonder he sits in front a computer crying until someone types into the search bar what he is looking for. I got a bit closer and pulled up an easy online reading game and together, we sounded out the letters of the alphabet and some simple words in the game. His face was beaming when he realized that he looked at a picture, a letter and a word and together “read” the word apple. He clutched at my arm and said, “I am reading”.
Five minutes of my life.
I got out of my life and my goals and gave kindness. It really is so simple.