“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

Oscar Wilde

Think of actions and words as a pair of mismatched roommates. Actions are the ones who tidy up, cook dinner, and always get the bills paid on time. Words, on the other hand, have a knack for making grand plans but somehow never get around to actually doing the dishes. Despite all the chatter, the words don’t amount to much. The quiet actions, however, speak volumes.

Now, don’t get me wrong, intentions are a great starting line. But they’re just that – a start. Imagine you’re on a road trip. You’ve got your bags packed, the car’s gassed up, and you’re ready to go. But if you never actually put the car in drive and hit the road, you’re not getting anywhere.

Kindness works the same way. A tiny gesture – helping an elderly person across the street, paying for a stranger’s coffee, even a simple smile – that’s the equivalent of a cross-country journey. The grandest intention, meanwhile, is like a car idling in the driveway.

So, let’s put words in the back seat, and let actions take the wheel. Because it’s not about what we say we’ll do or even what we plan to do, but about what we actually do. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But the road to kindness? That’s paved with action.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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