I heard this story through Tony Robbins - and if you don't know who he is well that is a damn shame and I suggest you go type his name into Youtube ASAP Rocky.
The following is a true story. There was a man named Arthur Bremer who had this plan that he wanted to kill President Nixon. We know the details because he kept a journal. So he wanted to kill Nixon not because he did not like him; he just wanted to be famous, worth something, known. When he attempted to go after Nixon and was within arms reach, he stuck his hand into his jacket to reach for his gun to shoot him when an old lady knocked into him (the gunman). She grabbed Arthurs hand and looked deep into his eyes and with all sincerity in her tone said 'I am so sorry, I really am sorry'. His hand was on his gun but he said that the way she looked at him with love and kindness in her eyes made him stop because he did not want her to witness that. That saved President Nixon's life. That is the power of a moment of kindness in the greatest of forms.
We as busy people in this extremely fast-paced society can underestimate the small acts of kindness. You never know who's life you could be influencing just through a gesture of kindness, whether it be holding a door open for someone, paying them a compliment - whatever. You may be making a severely suicidal person see that there is love in this world and that it's worth them sticking around. This doesn't mean you have to be fake and put on a show. In fact it's the complete opposite. Smile at someone you pass on the street, say good morning, if someone drops change out of their purse or wallet, help to pick it up. It's the smallest acts that count.
If you just take the time to remember that every interaction is an important interaction who knows what could happen. If we look at going about our day to day lives with this in the forefront of our minds, imagine what we could change. We may never know that we changed anything however isn't that thought just enough on it's own, the what if?
Kindness changes the state of a person. Once the person's state is changed, you've broken through to their heart. It's not often in this busy world we live in that we expect or encounter kindness regularly anymore. We're all too 'busy' and rushed off of our feet. If there is one thing I am certain of it's that humans thrive and live to connect with other humans. It is the only certainty that we have. It's the only way we can survive.
Be kind, feel the change in yourself and the people you encounter. You could be saving a life.