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Yesterday a friend sent me a Facebook invitation to an event called, “Deliberate Kindness Friday”. The purpose of this event is to serve as a sort of memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It is, in essence, an opportunity to combat the random acts of violence we have recently witnessed with random acts of kindness.
I’m all in for this one.
Look, the world is a scary place. Always has been, always will be. You all know how I feel about the gun issue. But, let’s face it, once we work to help eliminate some of the random violence that is a result of improper gun handling, we will have something else to worry about – and there will always be people who seek to hurt others. We have the power to help reduce the number of violent acts committed in the world. And we definitely have the power to increase the number of kind acts that are committed in the world. Hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. I have faith in this.
So, I encourage you to head over to the “Deliberate KindnessFriday” Facebook page and publicly make your promise to spend Friday, December 21, 2012, doing kind things for others all day long. As Ghandi once said, “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
Here are some suggestions and thoughts that I took from the comments section of the event’s Facebook page:
“The post office has letters that you can go and get until Saturday...there are still over a 1000 people in need...let's give someone a gift this year that might have nothing!”
“I went to Walmart earlier and bought a box of blank stationary cards with envelopes- I am now in the process of writing a message in each one and I plan on mailing these out to the school in Sandy Hook, CT- I am making one for each family that lost someone and then one for the school- I hope I am not the first one to think of this and pray I am not the last!”
“I have been working on doing kind things, makes me happy to do things for others.”
“Kindness or acts of being unkind are contagious, causing a ripple effect that affects many. We know that being unkind doesn't work well for us, so let’s all try this kindness. Kill them with kindness, kill hatred and all its kin.”
“I don't know if its done everywhere but Wal-Mart here has Christmas Angels where you pick one and on it are the wishes of someone less fortunate, usually elderly people. It isn't much but every year I take at least a couple. It is a nice anonymous way of making someone else’s Christmas just a little better. Just a thought.”
What are some ideas you have for Deliberate Kindness Friday? Feel free to share them in the comments section below. Together we can help make the world a kinder, less frightening place for ourselves and our children!