Twenty six acts of kindness surrounded by peaceful doves in remembrance of the the lives lost at Sandy Hill Elementary School. I stopped for a moment and read each one. Here are a few examples:
My opinion is less is best. Has that solution been proven to work? When gun violence was on the rise in Australia, the government implemented tougher gun control laws, and shootings decreased by sixty per cent. Just saying. The facts are the facts.
Is gun control the true answer? If I knew, I'm sure I'd be featured on the cover of Time Magazine and headlining The Today Show. Having a strong security system and planned emergency responses are certainly important. It may be time to ban extremely violent video games that some kids spend hours a day playing. It's plain common sense to treat mentally ill individuals with psychiatric care and counseling, but not allow them to purchase guns. And what about stronger curriculums in kindness both at school and at home? Could being consciously kinder to each other really make a difference in decreasing violent crimes? Let's see what some experts have to say:
" Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. The rest will be given."—Mother Teresa of Calcutta
"Since God chose you to be the holy people, he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."—Colossians 3:12
"A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe."—Wayne Dyer
"When deeds and words are in accord, the whole world is transformed."—Chaang Tzu
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Being kind isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. How about thinking about a difficult or confrontational situation you're in? What is the kindest response you could choose? And how might that affect the outcome?"—Dali Lama
There you have it—from the ancient philosopher, Tzu to the New Testament and from modern day spiritual leaders: kindness can heal. The more we put out there, the more it will grow. I'd love to see more signs like the 26 Acts of Kindness, not only in schools, but in malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc. One thing's for sure. It certainly wouldn't hurt.
If you were given the assignment of writing a kind act on a post it note, like the ones above, what would you say. Let's start spreading the kindness.
My act of kindness: "Taking some time to talk to a slightly offbeat woman at the gym this morning and sincerely wishing all of you a wonderful day!"