Look for Kindness
If we watch any news feed we can become overwhelmed by all the trouble in the world. But, Lloyd Nolan of “Music and the Spoken Word” gives us another perspective.
It starts with a scene in an airport. An exhausted mother of two is gently trying to quiet her crying baby. Nearby the baby’s 3 year old brother is playing with a toy car. He gets up and places the car on the baby’s lap. “Here,” he says. “Play with this. It’s fun.”
That kind of generosity and love is likely not to be on a news feed. But, it happens. And, it can brighten anyone’s outlook.
Last Halloween one child was trick or treating when one giver showed him an empty bowl and said “I’m sorry. I’m all out of candy.” The young boy reached into his own bag, pulled out a piece of candy and gave it to the adult. That should assure us that the future is in good hands.
If we look we can see kindness all around us.
In California, a family in need was surprised with new laundry and kitchen appliances donated by a local Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
A high school in California made a year book in braille for a visually impaired classmate.
Shortly after a young couple moved into their new home in Massachusetts they had a baby who was born deaf. When their new neighbors found out they were sorry that they would not be able to communicate with the child as she grew up. So they hired someone to teach them sign language. Before long lots of neighbors were attending the class. The girl is now 3 years old. Not surprisingly the first word she signed to them was, “friend.”
All over the world people are combining their passion with creativity. If we think that society is pulling apart and that more and more people are sowing discord let us pull away from the noise for a moment. What we are likely to see is a groundswell of love and friendship.
And, we may feel inspired to join such efforts. It’s easy. All we have to do is offer our own thoughts and actions of peace and compassion. Wherever we are. Whenever we can.