Kindness Costs Nothing But Returns A Fortune

Seemingly small and inconsequential acts of kindness can have great importance to the recipients.  A case in point is the young man from Ghana who reached out to me on Facebook sometime ago, inviting me to become a Friend. I did so as he appeared to have just opened his Facebook account and had very few friends.

I heard nothing from him after that. But Facebook let me know about his birthday. I wished him a happy birthday and got an immediate “thank you” so I struck up a conversation, wondering where he was and what he was doing. He looks very young so I wondered if he was still in school.

This was just a normal, friendly conversation I thought, with him opening up and telling me about his dream to become a musician. He had been writing songs before he got to high school and his desire to do music has blossomed since then.

Kindness Was An Unusual Experience

But what really struck me was the fact this conversation was unusual in his experience. He said “No one has ever been this nice to me before. Strangers in particular, i was astonished when i saw your “message“. What a great lesson for me and what a fine thing for him to do. While I didn’t realize how much he appreciated my simple gesture, I don’t think he could know how much I appreciated his acknowledgment.

I told him kindness costs nothing and that’s true. But it’s also true that “each smile can be exchanged for gold and each kind word, spoken from the heart, can build a castle“. (The Greatest Salesman In The World, The Scroll Marked VII by Og Mandino).

I was also impressed that he had a clear goal or purpose in life. Having that to organize his life will be of immense value to him since, as Earl Nightingale so eloquently says in The Strangest Secret, “success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal“.

We are all connected. Sometimes the connections become clear and we get to see the impact we have on the lives of others. It’s so gratifying when that impact is clearly positive. This little encounter made my day because it apparently made the life of another human being more enjoyable.

May the Power be Yours,

Kindness Costs Nothing


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Terrence Neraasen

Just consider me a Boomer with no need or desire to retire. I'm constantly learning and striving for excellence. My passions are Family and the natural world to which I dedicate myself and all my efforts.

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Nicki Goff - 2017-04-25

What a wonderful story, Terry. Just reading about it made my day better. Your kindness opened a door for that young man.

    Terrence Neraasen - 2017-04-25

    Thanks Nicki. I was surprised but felt good about it. His gift to me I think.


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