Friday, November 13, 2020

World Kindness Day 2020

"When Henry James’s nephew was about to go off to school for the first time, he came to his uncle and asked, 'Do you have any advice for me?' Henry James answered, 'I have three pieces of advice. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.' What memorable advice!"
Mr. Rogers

Today is World Kindness Day. Started in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a collection of nations' kindness non-governmental organizations, World Kindness Day is designed to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes. 

Kindness is what makes us human.

It is a fruit of the spirit; a divine connector that ties us all together.  It costs us nothing, it gains us much, and it truly makes the world around us better.  

And it's so easy to be kind.

It doesn't have to be a grand gesture.  The smallest of things can have great impacts.

Hold the door open.

Call a friend, just to talk.

Send a text to let someone know you are thinking of them.

Pay for the car's lunch behind you in the drive thru.

Smile, even if you are wearing a mask.

Say thank you.

Wash the dishes, just because.  Fold the clothes, just because.


Say I'm sorry.

Laugh, and laugh with friends - over the phone, over Zoom, in person if possible.

In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

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