Kindness Counts Friday….one of the highlights of my blogging week! [I’m hosting, still, whilst Kim is on a blogging break – waving madly at Kim (and wishing her a Very Merry Christmas!)]
Here goes. Time to recount some of the kind acts we’ve engaged in or witnessed, and some of the wonderful kindness-related ‘things’ I’ve seen on my travels around the internet.
Kind acts we’ve engaged in:
– We took some basic food supplies to the local food bank (rice, sugar, pasta, bottles of oil etc.). We were told that this food would be the only food some families would see all Christmas. Needless to say, we popped back a few days later with some more packages of basic supplies.
– We donated some food packages to people we see in our daily lives.
– We made up some stockings for children housed at a local charity and left them at the reception the other day. They cost a few dollars each one and I can’t imagine what impact they’ll have on the children who receive them.
Kind acts we’ve witnessed:
Too many. I was waiting for my littles the other morning, on the steps of the local shopping centre, and I was amazed, as I stood there, just watching everyone walk up and down the stairs: grandchildren helping their frail grandparents, touching their arms, giving them a bit of extra support; a brother helping his sister (leg in pot) down the stairs; a taxi driver helping a Mum with her shopping bags. It was a veritable kindness feast that honed my eyes to be on the lookout for kindness. Loved it. It was like a warm bath for the soul, seeing so many tiny acts of kindness, all of which seemed insignificant alone but which, when taken as a whole, reminded me of the extreme potential power of kindness. If only we could extend our kindnesses to people who aren’t immediate family or friends (for we are all human after all!)….the world would be an amazing place in which to live.
Kindness-related posts I’ve seen on my internet travels:
– This post from Marie Forleo. Adore her. Adore all she does. Love this post of hers. Hoping some of you might consider donating or might consider sharing, on social media, her request for donations for her campaign (to provide funds for projects involved in providing clean water).
– This post from Momastery. Glennon is so human. I think all Mamas have been in a similar situation (well, maybe not quite so bad!) and I loved how she wrote about the impact of the small kindness of the guard.
Last but not least. I rarely watch the news but couldn’t help but hear the news of the Sydney attack and the attack on the school in Pakistan, both of which just about broke my already fragile heart in to pieces. I can’t put my thoughts in to words but wanted to post this image that I saw on Eden’s blog:
There are still helpers, still people who stand up against evil in all its forms, rage against injustice and hate and wrongdoing, or who quietly, silently, cry and vow to do better themselves every day so that their example shines out as a beacon against all that is wrong.
Here’s to the helpers. To the people who take a stand for what is right in a world where so much is wrong. As Marie Forleo quotes (from William James) in her post about her campaign, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“.
My heart goes out to all those families who’ve lost loved ones this week, whatever nationality, creed or religion. A child is a child is a child, no matter what age, race, gender, religion. The tears all of those mothers have already cried, and will still cry for the rest of their lives, will burn equally, will sear equally deep and immovable scars on all of their hearts.
Let’s try to be helpers, shall we?
Spread a little extra kindness this week, ladies…
…spread your kindness so thick it sticks…
Hate prevails wherever love has been lost.