Celebrating Kindness

My friend, Bob Votruba (www.onemillionactsofkindness.com ) is promoting One Million Acts of Kindness Week from February 14 to 20, 2011.  He has an amazing story of making the decision to take a bus tour to all the university and college campuses in the United States for the sole purpose of promoting acts of kindness.  His is an inspirational story.  A million acts of kindness you say!  How can any one person perform that.  Well, think about it.  If we made a conscience choice to follow God’s will — to love all others as you love yourself, doing acts of kindness on a daily basis isn’t that hard. 

Being kind is as easy as being respectful of another’s feelings.  Doing great acts of kindness can be as huge as multimillion dollar donations to great causes.  Each of us can do a kind act for another each and every day of our lives — IF WE CHOOSE TO DO SO.   Those of us that work with the public probably have the greatest daily opportunity to be kind just in the manner we treat the public.  A smile, a courteous manner, giving thanks.  These are acts of kindness (and the stuff that gets you promoted, as well!).  If we work in areas where we sit behind a computer screen and operate as single contributors, kindness can be done in the way you create an email message to a colleague.  You can convey kindness even electronically — those of you that work in these environments know exactly what I’m talking about.  The way you answer the telephone and the tone in your voice can convey kindness toward that other person.  Want to use your texting abilities to promote kindness — send a short text of “hope your having a great day” to a family member you rarely see or communicate with.  They’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

The act of being kind is the act that comes from the heart.  If your heart is filled with compassion and consideration for all others around you – expressing kindness will come pretty easy for you.  If this isn’t an attitude that comes easy for you — try smiling every now and then.  A genuine smile conveys well wishes to the person you are smiling at.  Besides, a smiling person is a heck of a lot more attractive physically, then one walking around with a scowl all the time.

Maybe this is the year that you might want to look at doing some volunteer work.  Nothing conveys love and kindness then volunteering to help another, be it an organization or a person.  In 2010 I chose to do some regular volunteering at the hospital that showed me kindness and compassion when I was at my very worst the previous year.  Being able to bring a smile to someone going through a very tough time makes the time commitment very well worthwhile and brings me great joy.  Where could you find an outlet to share your talents or skills in helping another?  This may well be the place to do some volunteering and it may open up a door for a new career.  You never know where your acts of kindness are going to lead you to.  God rewards those that show kindness to others.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how that would show up in your life.

Please pop into Bob’s website and take the pledge.  Then pass it along to others.  Let your Facebook world know what you plan on doing to make the week of February 14th special.  (www.onemillionactsofkindness.com  ).

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