Hamilton Insurance Group - February 2020

THE SILVER LINING To Your Life & Health


D on ’ t L et the K indness S top W ith Y ou !

The Power of Paying It Forward

Many of you may have heard stories about people in the drive- thru at a Starbucks paying for the order of the car behind them, starting a chain reaction of generosity all down the line of cars waiting to get their coffee. It’s the definition of a random act of kindness, and it’s done without expecting so much as a head nod or a thank you. Stories and instances like that are powerful, and they have the potential to spread like wildfire. They definitely make me want to pay forward the kindness I’ve received. I’ve talked about how my real estate business struggled during the Great Recession back in 2008. That was a time in my life where I was pretty sure that things couldn’t get any worse. I was losing money hand-over-fist, and it didn’t seem like I had much control over anything that was happening in my life. I remember talking to one of my fraternity brothers during that time, frustrated with my current situation. During the course of that conversation, I remember him asking me a question that rocked me to the core: “What if this isn’t just about you?” Even in the midst of financial challenges, I still had a lot to be thankful for and a lot to offer for

people worse off than me. When I widened my gaze to see other people around me who needed help, my own

problems didn’t seem so big. At the same time, I was also

fortunate to rely on my family for their support through hard times. Receiving their kindness has made it easier to show kindness to others even on my worst days. In fact, I’ve found it’s easier to be kind on my bad days because it helps me feel better, and I can better empathize with people in need. You might think you don’t have a lot of opportunities to perform random acts of kindness or to pay forward the kindness you’ve received. We all have busy days to get through, and it’s not always easy to take the focus off of ourselves. But if we look around, there are so many people whose days could use a little light. Some of our neighbors might not be able to afford groceries, and others might need exact change for stamps at the post office. Our workplaces, where we try to earn what we need to put food on the table for ourselves and our families, can sometimes be the best spots to show kindness. I have clients who run short on money and need to get food on the table before they can even think about insurance. Not too long ago, a conversation with one of my

–Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855 of kindness. I hope for all of you reading this, the random acts of kindness you experience compel you to act kindly as well. clients compelled me to ask how many days it had been since he had last eaten. He told me two days. I stopped the insurance conversation dead in its tracks and bought him a meal. When someone shows us kindness, it’s up to us to make sure that kindness doesn’t stop with us. That’s what I’ve felt compelled to do every time I’ve been a recipient of an act

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