There’s a saying that the most meaningful acts of kindness are often those we don’t remember, simply because they’re things we do naturally, without thinking. This resonates with me deeply. I rarely recall the countless small deeds I’ve done out of sheer benevolence, as they’ve become second nature.
For instance, it’s habitual for me to offer my seat to the elderly or expectant mothers on trains and buses. Picking up a dropped item and returning it to its owner is just part of my daily routine. When abroad, if I come across a fellow Japanese person in distress, I don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand. Just the other day, the wife of a dear friend who had passed away came to Canada from Japan. Without a second thought, I provided her with a place to stay.
The guiding principle in my life is simple: Do unto others what would make you happy if done unto you. By following this principle, I believe we can foster a harmonious environment around us. Through these unremembered acts of kindness, we shape a world that’s a little kinder, one gesture at a time.