Making Kindness The Norm
Racism, religious intolerance and sheer cruelty often seem to be winning in a world gone mad. It seems even more pressing then to make kindness the norm.
Kindness can be really simple. In a world that often seems to be without hope, it is the small (and sometimes very big) acts of kindness that renew our faith in humanity.
Today, we’re focusing on two acts of kindness – one simple and one really big.
A simple act of kindness on a New York train
“Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young African American guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he wanted me to wake the kid up, but he shook his head and responded, ‘He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?’
He was still sleeping soundly when I got off the train 20 minutes later.
It was a small gesture, but a kind one. I love New Yorkers!”
What a wonderful reminder that every moment is a chance to do something good for another person. And not only that, but inspire the others around us with our small but powerful actions.
Source – Charidy
The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo
In 1996, a black teenager protected a white man from an angry mob who thought he supported the racist Ku Klux Klan. It was an act of extraordinary courage and kindness – and is still inspiring people today. Read more about this story here.
Speaking about this Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr wrote in The Miami Herald, 29 June 1996
“That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia’s choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia’s choice was human.
Keshia’s choice was hope.”
Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan, who I am proud to know and say is a member of Write Tribe, compiled a fantastic list – Heroes of Kindness – The 2018 List on his wonderful blog. Please read it and the other kindness posts that Roshan shares.
7 ways to start making kindness the norm
As I said earlier, kindness can be really simple. Here is a list of 7 ways to start making kindness the norm in your daily life.
Share your thoughts and stories on kindness
Write a post about kindness, share an experience in which you extended or received kindness. Let’s start making kindness the norm!
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