An act of kindness is such a simple thing. Sometimes I feel like people tend to forget how powerful one simple act of kindness is. How it brings such positivity into other’s lives including yours. Kind and positive words and actions really can have a wonderful domino effect if we allow ourselves share them.
Why is it easier for us to express anger and negativity towards others than it is to express kindness? Why does media seem to only cover sad, horrible, scary, and disturbing stories and barely any amazing, touching, happy, and motivating stories? I feel like the negativity we are surrounded by affects how we act in this world. Let us make a difference and spread goodness!
The community that I have here has surrounded me with amazing acts of kindness that has affected me in so many amazing ways. My housemates and supervisor have accepted me and became amazing brothers and sisters of mine. It’s amazing how different we all are but how we all get along and really watch out for each other. When my friend Danny from my hometown died from cystic fibrosis, they prayed and supported me while I dealt with the loss of my friend. Since we are on a tight budget, I took money out of my savings so I could fly home for Danny’s funeral. Without asking, my roommate Gloria asked our housemates and co-workers if they would donate money towards my plane ticket. The day before I flew home, Gloria gave me an envelope with $150, which covered more than half the cost of the ticket. To this day I don’t know who all helped me get home, but I am forever thankful for having such amazing and supportive people in my life.
My parents and hometown church (St. James Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsburg, PA) came to New Orleans in January to help work on the houses that were destroyed from Hurricane Katrina through Project Homecoming. As one of several volunteer groups that week, they provided many acts of kindness. We worked on a house for a guy named Alvin and his wife, who we called “Queen.” Within that short week, our group was touched by Alvin and Queen and we became great friends. Faith Presbyterian Church, where I am serving, put a pot luck dinner together for everyone, and Alvin and Queen joined us. Everyone shared and expressed their joys and inspirational moments they had that week.
My roommate Allie has been training for a marathon since October and needed to raise $2,100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Allie spoke to my hometown church and some members of Faith PC about her commitment to run the marathon. One couple from Pennsylvania talked to Allie about how cancer has had a big impact on their family and wrote a check for the amount she needed to finish her fundraising. Within those few hours, people who just met Allie that night helped her finish her fundraising and also contributed $1,000 to Faith PC.
Small acts of kindness make such a big difference in people’s lives. It doesn’t even have to be about giving money. Give some food to a homeless person. Lend a helping hand to someone. Be with a friend when they are going through a hard time. Just give a simple compliment. I sent out text messages to friends who had been there for me through hard times to simply say that I am thankful to have them in my life and they mean the world to me. I received positive responses back and some saying that brightened their day. Those responses back then put more positive energy into my day and even my life.
It’s so simple. Send out positive energy and acts of kindness. Not only does it touch others but it can touch you as well. If you have something nice to say to someone, say it. Even if it’s someone you just met, and a nice thought pops in your head, tell them. Acts of kindness can really make a positive difference and impact someone’s day or life, and even yours.