“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you get an idea about doing something nice for someone you know, just do it, then. You never know when it might be too late to do that kindness for them. We never know when our time to leave this life will come or when another’s time to leave will come. How much better we’ll feel if we do it and then they leave us, than if we fail to do so and they leave. It’s so much better to say “I’m so glad I did,” than to have to say “I wish I had.”

The little hunches and inspirations are guidance for us. They’re our chance to offer a blessing to another. It’s so easy to ignore that “still, small voice.” But it’s usually quite easy to obey it too, if we just will. Take the time to do an act of kindness while you think of it, or as soon afterward as you can. It could be your last time to do something nice for that person. And if not, you’ll both still be glad that you followed your guidance when it was received.

Charles David Heineke

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