“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” – Dalai Lama
Do you think that being kind to others is something special, something that we save up for? I get caught in that trap sometimes, forgetting that kindness is possible every minute of every day if we simply remember and pay attention–as well as swallow our first, less-than-kind responses. Yeah, talking from personal experience here.
Some people make kindness a calling, and they go way beyond the “let’s be nice to everyone” mandate. These are the people who take compassion out into the world so they can change people’s lives.
I saw two examples of this recently on television news (yes, networks share GOOD news, too) and both are worth sharing.
The first story was about 11 year-old Jordan, from Athens, Ohio, whose mother was suffering from breast cancer. Jordan decided to sew cozies to sell on the internet so she could raise money to find a cure. In the two years since, Jordan has raised more than $12,000 for the Susan G. Koman foundation and continues to make a variety of cozies — she sews every single one — that she sells around the world. Yeah Jordan!
The second story featured a mechanic who repaired cars and even fixed up used cars he purchased for women who were widows, single, or spouses of deployed military. As the need grew, volunteers began arriving to help, until now a warehouse of cars are being repaired, making many desperate people happy. (Be sure to watch the videos of women receiving their autos. You’ll be glad you did.)
I’m so grateful there are so many people who practice kindness and compassion when it would be so much easier not to. I’m always thankful for the reminder.