Random Acts of Kindness

In the last 30 days, there has been more violence and bloodshed than I can remember. It’s happening right here on U.S. soil. We can’t undo what’s already been done but we can; however, put an end to what we’ve started. We, as a society, have allowed ourselves to get where we are and we, as a society, need to turn it around.


There’s an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child” just as it takes an entire community to find peace and harmony. There is no question we have lost our way. If we want to find our way, we must work together.


It’s funny… love is a natural emotion but hatred is taught. We are all God’s children and until we see each other as brothers and sisters, the situation will never improve. Let’s be good to each other. Let’s start right now.

I propose that we each perform one random act of kindness today. There over 320 million people in the United States alone. If we all did this, that would be over 320 million acts of kindness. It might not be the solution, but it’s a start.


Recently, a random act of kindness in Kenner, Louisiana touched my heart. At the Target store, James Varnado opened his large umbrella and began walking women to their cars, sheltering them from the downpour. He didn’t do it for publicity. He did it just to be kind. It just so happened that Deepak Saini, a former reporter, took a picture and posted it to his Facebook. It went viral, demonstrating that we all still have a need for love and kindness in this world.

In the words of the song, “Get Together” by the Youngbloods:

“Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now”

Shooting someone is not the answer. Showing someone a better way is.


Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

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