Kindness starts with you
Have you been extra kind this week?
I hope so, because the calendar says it’s World Kindness Day (Nov. 13).
Unlike all the other national days, this is one celebration designed to benefit us all.
The United Way organization around the state has been promoting random acts of kindness. United Way encouraged people last week to do something special for another person.
While I try to be kind all the time, I got a little extra dose of the kindness bug the other day because of the United Way’s push. I reached out to someone who has been a frequent source for information in one of my newspapers and made her a proud recipient of a ticket to take in Sister Act, the musical currently playing at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.
To say the least, she was ecstatic, especially because she has never been there before.
I must admit it made me feel pretty darn good to make this woman happy. I love when I can do things for people that they may have never experienced before.
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a great time for us all to take a kindness reality check. I would encourage everyone to be extra special to someone, perhaps even a stranger.
We all have the power to turn the world into a better place to live. It doesn’t have to be filled with all gloom and doom, cynicism, skepticism or negativity.
Sadly, being kind is often not in the cynical nature of many people. Most of us, me included, are pretty selfish in nature. We don’t take the time out to think about people outside our closed circles in great detail.
Making things better starts internally within us. How we project ourselves and what we project is critical.
Kindness can be contagious. It doesn’t have to be anything major or necessarily have any monetary value. It can be just a simple kind act of taking the garbage out for someone or getting the mail for a neighbor. Just recognizing and acknowledging another person can be enlightening for some.
Every day should be World Kindness Day, not just the official date every November. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. Remember, kindness starts with you, and only you.
Isn’t it time to go in hot pursuit of pouring out kindness to others? Try it, it may give you a whole different perspective on life.