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The Power of Kindness

How a Small Act Changed My Life

By Jen AuhPublished 12 months ago 4 min read
The Power of Kindness
Photo by Eutah Mizushima on Unsplash

When we think about the moments that have shaped our lives, we often focus on the big events: graduations, marriages, births, accidents and deaths. But sometimes it's the small moments that have the biggest impact, that stay with us and shape who we are in profound ways. For me, that small moment was a kind act from my landlord when I moved to Korea to start my own business.

I had always been independent and driven, so moving to a new country to start my own business was exciting but daunting. I didn't know anyone in Korea, I didn't speak the language fluently, and I had to navigate a whole new culture and way of doing things. I was determined to make it work, but it was a lonely and stressful time.

That's when my landlord stepped in. She was a kind and generous woman, who checked on me regularly to see if I needed anything. She brought me snacks and took me out to dinner so I didn't feel so alone.

At the time, I didn't fully appreciate how much her kindness meant to me. I was focused on building my business and getting settled in Korea, and I took her help for granted. But looking back now, I realize how much her small acts of kindness changed my perspective, my values, and my decisions.

She showed me the power of human connection. When we're going through a difficult time, it's easy to feel isolated and alone. But by reaching out to me, my landlord showed me that there are people out there who care, who are willing to help, and who can make a big difference in our lives. Her kindness gave me a sense of belonging and support that I desperately needed at the time.

Her kindness reminded me of the importance of empathy and compassion. It's easy to get caught up in our own lives and goals, and to forget that other people are going through their own struggles.

But by taking the time to check on me and help me out, my landlord showed me that empathy and compassion are essential qualities that we should all strive for. Her kindness inspired me to be more thoughtful and considerate of others, and to look for opportunities to help and support those around me.

My landlord's kind acts helped me to build a successful business. Starting a business is never easy, but having someone in my corner who believed in me and supported me made all the difference. Her encouragement gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. Without her kindness, I don't know if I would have been able to make it through those difficult early days of my business.

This experience changed my perspective on the world, and it also changed my values. I realized that the material possessions that I had been chasing after for so long didn't matter as much as the relationships I had with people. I wanted to be someone who made a difference in people's lives, someone who left a positive impact on the world.

As a result, I started to pay more attention to the small things in life. I began to see the beauty in the everyday moments, the things that we often take for granted. I started to appreciate the people around me more, and I made an effort to connect with them on a deeper level.

This newfound perspective and value system would ultimately change the course of my life. I realized that my true calling was not in building a successful business, but in helping people as an image consultant. I wanted to make a difference in the world, and I knew that the best way to do that was by being there for others, just like my landlord had been there for me.

So I started volunteering at local organizations, helping people in need, and reaching out to others in my community. I discovered that by paying attention to the small things, I could create a ripple effect that would ultimately change the world. It was a slow and steady process, but it was also one of the most fulfilling things I had ever done.

Looking back on my life, I realize that this small act of kindness from my landlord was one of the most important moments in my life. It taught me the power of paying attention to small things, the importance of kindness, and the value of human connection. It changed my perspective, my values, and my life, and I will forever be grateful for it.

So, let us all strive to be kinder, more empathetic, and more compassionate. Let us reach out to those around us who are struggling, and offer them our support and encouragement. Let us not overlook the small moments, but instead cherish them as the building blocks of a meaningful and fulfilling life. Because you never know when a small act of kindness might just change someone's life.

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About the Creator

Jen Auh

I'm a founder of STYiLES, a bestselling author, a creative director and an image consultant with 20+ years of experience in the beauty/fashion industries. I share my expertise to help others thrive. Learn more at

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