Thanks for dropping in to check out the eleventh letter of the A to Z blog for this year. Each day has brought interesting new bloggers and favorite known ones into my life. I’ve enjoyed communicating with them, and I’ve loved their comments on my posts. This morning, the sun is trying valiantly to shine, there’s no rain in the forecast, and I’m getting in gear for a busy holiday weekend.
There were only a few ideas that came to me when I thought about today’s letter, but the one that stuck was K for kindness. Why? Because tragically, I’ve seen people do and say a lot of unkind things in recent days, not quite as bad as during the US election campaign and afterwards, but mean enough for me to take notice. So why get motivated by an antonym? Because I feel bad for others and that makes me feel guilty, and it becomes a vicious circle. Being unkind is just another facet of bullying, and there is far too much of that everywhere these days.
So, K is for Kindness.
Every day, we hear more and more stories about people committing atrocities. The most recent ones of course involved what’s happening in Syria and the incident on the United airline flight. I’m not going to turn this into a political rant. Both situations appall me. Enough said. I just feel that if people put as much effort into doing nice things as they do hate mongering, this world would be a better place. We need more Mother Teresas and fewer would-be Adolf Hitlers.
A few years ago, there was a surge of something called spontaneous acts of random kindness. I think it’s time to bring those back, and here are a few suggestions. Remember the old saying, before you judge someone, try walking in their shoes.
3. Offer to help by opening a door for an elderly person or giving them your seat on the bus or subway.
5. Put a coin in an expired meter. It could be a real lifesaver.
6. Help a mother with a baby stroller trying to get up those subway stairs, or hold the door open for her.
7. Each time you buy a new item of clothing, give one away to the local charity.
8. Bring a coworker coffee.
9. Say “please” and “thank you” like you mean it and smile when you do
Leland Ostler packed his heart in ice years ago and goes through the Christmas season paying lip service to the holiday. When he discovers Laurie Wilson is the girl he was fascinated by in high school and discovers her plight, he determines to make sure that family has the Merry Christmas it deserves.