Be kind to the world
I’d meant to be writing my Christmas letter and cards right now, but after hearing about this idea on the news last night, I just felt that I needed to share it.
Even though I believe the news coverage has been less than sensitive and far too massive, one reporter has “tweeted” what I believe to be an idea that can help everyone begin to heal and think in a positive direction. Her idea is that we perform 26 random acts of kindness – small gestures that make everyday life nicer for someone else. Just having this thought, and looking for the little things to do and say to others, helps to lessen the pain and fear I feel after the horrible episode in Connecticut.
Doing these acts brings many needed smiles to our faces, as well as to the faces of others. Practicing kindness reminds us all that there is good in our lives, even when the days are dark and so unbelievably sad.
In closing, I want to share this quote from Melody Beattie: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Be grateful for your life, family and friends, and be kind to our fellow Sonomans and to the world.