I just read Ann Curry’s story. It started with her asking, “What would happen if a whole bunch of people committed to doing 20 acts of kindness in honor of those who died in Newton, CT last week?” She tweeted the idea. Folks responded. Tons of folks. Some committed to the original 20. Some upped it to 26 to honor the children and teachers who died. Some said, “How about 28 to honor all who died?”
Tonight, our family is committing to doing 28 acts of kindness.
While my kiddos are young and don’t know about what happened in Newton, CT, they are in to doing random acts of kindness. We call it “superhero kindness.” My kiddos are in to superheroes. And ninjas. And Harry Potter. So with a bit of superhero strength, ninja agility, and Harry Potter magic, we are going to set out to do 28 acts of kindness to honor those who died.
Patience Salgrado, kindness girl extraordinaire, says, “kindness changes everything.” And it does. I’ve seen it. As a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and mindfulness teacher listening to clients who are inspired by someone doing something kind for them and changed when they commit to “looking for the opportunities” for kindness in our everyday lives…kindness toward themselves and kindness toward their dear ones. Then it spreads. Kindness to complete strangers. Kindness to the person they once could never forgive. Yes, kindness changes everything.
As a mom, I’ve seen how kindness changes everything…the whole tone of our house…when I muster up some kindness at dinner time when everyone is hungry and cranky and wanting something. “Here, sweet love, Clara. Here’s your milk” as I pick her up and hug her sweet little body close to mine. “Aidan, show me some Aikido moves! Ahhhh-yaaaah!” as we “dual” for awhile and laughs fill our beloved kitchen.
“Today I wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t go to the door of the study and read a book.
Instead, take down the dulcimer,
let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground,
there are a thousand ways to go home again.”
There are a thousand simple, everyday ways to heal, to go home…it starts with BEING that love that is stirring in your heart! It starts with listening to that prompt, that whisper, that wellspring in the center of your chest to SHARE that love in the ways that are totally you.
What’ll happen?! Watch out, world! Kindness changes everything, folks. Our hearts, homes, neighborhoods, and world.