“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana
When we send our children off to school in the morning, we expect them to receive an education. But aren’t we thankful when they also receive lessons in kindness?
This week my local paper, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, had a front page article entitled School of Rocks. And no, it wasn’t about rock and roll. Instead the message was that “kindness rocks.”
It’s a great story. A local teacher brought her fourth grade class a box of small flat rounded rocks and invited the students to paint them to look like fish. If you look at the photos in the article, you’ll see they created some real beauties.
That’s not the best part. Then she asked them to take the rocks different places, like the mall or a baseball field, and leave them as a gift for whomever might pick them up. The kids don’t do this for credit, no oohs and aahs, but simply as a random act of kindness. What they get is the pleasure of knowing they’ve given someone a gift of beauty to brighten their day.
Can we think of a more important lesson than that?