For most of this month, I’m concentrating on all things spooky. But during “A Look Back, a Look Ahead,” I wanted to concentrate on another part of autumn: Togetherness. We come together for Trick or Treat and parties; we come together for apple-picking and pumpkin carving; we come together to sip warm apple cider while huddled around an even warmer fire. I wrote a while ago about about the impact kindness can have, and between everyone being tired of the pandemic and the current political environment (gotta love election years, right?), I thought it would be nice to set aside one day a week to focus on acts of kindness.
A Kindness Memory
While making these posts this month, I’ve found that little acts of kindness happen all the time. They don’t always have a good story to accompany them, but they always leave us feeling a bit better about ourselves and the world we live in. So today, rather than telling a specific story, I thought I’d share some acts of kindness that I see nearly every day:
- Letting someone with fewer groceries go ahead of you in line
- Giving a stranger a genuine compliment
- Being a listening ear to friends or strangers–especially seniors
- Picking up litter you see on the street
- Leaving a generous tip
- Holding doors
- Putting away shopping carts left in the parking lot
- Looking on the bright side
Kindness Challenge of the Day
Do something–anything on that list. Or, even better… come up with something new. Do something kind and surprising. Make someone’s day and, in doing so, remind others that we are so much more than the current situation. We are more than a pandemic. We are more that arguments and debates. We are, to use the often-quoted phrase, “the change we want to see in the world.” Let’s show everyone what that means, one act of kindness at a time.
It might be a lofty goal, maybe even a bit idealistic… but aren’t those the goals most worth reaching? I think so… and I hope you do, too. It’s been said over and over again this year that we’re all in this together. And that’s true… but it will be true next year, and the year after that. So let’s hold on together. Let’s keep each other strong.
Let’s be kind.