The tragedy in Newtown is a week behind us, but will be seared in our memories for a lifetime. There’s been a lot of talk around the reasons and causes of such a horrific act. Talk is cheap. Talk is negative, divisive and sometimes downright crazy. My big ears pick up on all the chatter.
Rather than listening to the cacophony of voices and opinions, this furry angel has decided to align with Ann Curry’s proposal of 26 acts of kindness (#26acts, #26actsofkindness) in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims.
Happily, herds of humans are joining in and sharing goodness. Just google 26 acts of kindness or look on twitter (#26acts, #26actsofkindness, @anncurry) — the stories you’ll find are guaranteed to warm your heart. And may inspire you to pass it on.
Big or small, random acts of kindness restore our faith in humanity. They open a place in our hearts that may have been closed, stuck or hardened. To honor the sweet souls of 20 children (babies, really) and 6 of their educators, this pup (and the Big Dog) encourage you to try it. #26actsofkindess will help heal your heart and help others remember that people are inherently good and kind.
The acts of kindness we’ve read about run the gamut from shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor to bringing cookies to the local firehouse to paying off thousands of dollars worth of layaway gifts. People are paying heating bills for families who need a little help, they’re leaving cards with money on random windshields, they’re paying for the car behind them on a toll bridge, folks behind them in line at Starbuck’s or at the drive-thru.
My earthbound family has been participating in 26 acts of kindness. They’re not quite to 26 yet, but working on it. Mama bought 8 $25 Toys R Us gift cards and put them in beautiful dove covered cards. Her message was simple: Dear friend, you are a special soul. Let love and kindness rule your world and pass it on. In honor of the Newtown children.
She went to Toys R Us and wandered around, randomly handing cards to strangers. The reactions were a bit comical. Some were thankful, some confused and a couple of them were even suspicious. But through these acts, mama felt close to the souls of the innocent and the angels were smiling upon her.
Two checks were also mailed this week; another donation to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the other to a teacher friend of ours who’s collecting money to pay for an apartment for a homeless student and her single mother.
Will you join us in honoring the victims of the Newtown shootings with a random act of kindness? Please post what you are doing in the comments section. Let’s all spread a little kindness and love…