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Yes there is good in this world.

Unfortunately, on the other hand there is also a lot of bad in this world. Sickness, war, death – sad things that happen to families around the world every single day. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about terrorism, drugs, rape, violence, shootings, etc. I don’t understand it. I wonder where all the evil comes from? Why such terrible people can even exist?

There needs to be a little more kindness and happiness in the world. Maybe I’m just young and naïve, but I hope that one day the positive will outweigh the negative on the news and in the headlines.

I’ve decided to stop wishing and hoping and instead, start helping out. I’m going to put my best foot forward and incorporate an extra dose of ‘nice’ in my life every day for 100 days. I’ll be smiling at people passing by, I’ll be holding doors for mothers with children in strollers, saying extra prayers for people who need them, helping out at the school Meg works at, volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters, taking the time –  even when I’m in a rush – to listen to a friend or family member who needs me. I will be nice. I will think of others needs. I will be a more pleasant person. Whether the act of kindness is big or small, a grand gesture or something more subtle, I will write about it here. I’m not an expert on kindness or being nice by any means. I just want to challenge myself to put forth a better effort to think of others and to bring more of the mentality I had during my volunteer year back into my life now.

I present to you: 100 days of kindness

I vow to post at least once every single day for 100 days documenting one nice thing I have done during that day for someone else. I’m going to post whether it be two sentences, two paragraphs or two pages. This is the daily craic people, not the weekly craic, so in an effort to 1 – do nice things for people and 2 – post more regularly, here I go on my journey of kindness…

My first nice thing: There is a man who I pass every day on my way to work. He’s always walking somewhere – I have no idea where, but he’s walking. Now, this man could potentially just be walking for exercise, but my gut tells me it’s not for exercise. Maybe he doesn’t have a car? Maybe he’s just wandering? I have no clue. Today I felt bad driving by him in my car with the heat turned up and a hot coffee warming my hands as I watched him walk. On one of the first cold days where I could see my breath, I shivered as I drove by this lovely man on his walk. So I decided my first act would be to say a little prayer for this man. Whether he is rich or poor, whether he is married or not, whether he has a great job, a terrible job, or no job at all – I decided a little prayer couldn’t hurt. Hopefully it made his day a little brighter.

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