I’m sure you are all aware of the #26 Acts of Kindness movement spreading through the world. Inspired by the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School and spreading through the twitter hashtag #26Acts, millions of people have shared their acts of kindness. My son and I spent the week leading up to Christmas performing small acts and found it to be healing and cathartic. We plan to continue on, stretching our 26 acts to 26 weeks…and beyond. My e-calendar will now ping me each Monday with a kindness reminder.
It’s too bad that I felt the need to build in a reminder, but we do forget tragedy and with it, kindness and gratitude. I hope that making an appointment to do good will help me be good.
If you want to read about the wonderful acts of kindness people are performing, just scroll through the posts on Twitter at #26 acts. You will find people buying each other coffee, paying tolls and making random payments on layaway. Many have taken an elderly friend or neighbor shopping or out for a meal. One of my friends spent a day shopping and wrapping for a neighbor’s great grandchildren. Someone bought my sister’s coffee one morning, and she mentioned that it brightened her entire day. My son and I bought McDonalds for the car behind us, and were told that we were the 26th visitor that day to do so. We bought treats for a group of dogs waiting to be adopted.
Take note of the good people around you and thank them. Be extra kind to that harried clerk. Carry packages and hold the door. Smile at strangers. Be kind to your partner, your children and those you love. And try to hold on to the spirit that surrounds us this season when you are tempted to melt back into your life and forget about those around you. Maybe make a note to self?