I came back to the US this week and was barraged by articles, newscasts, facebook posts, tweets, emails, etc. about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. 26 dead. Children and teachers. Then came the onslaught of feedback, ranging from gun control to church outreach to non profit aid, etc. It was overwhelming.
I just wanted to shut it all off.
But then this article from the Huffington Post caught my eye: Bright Lights In A Dark Moment: Ann Curry’s #26Acts of Kindness. It’s simple, but the message is core to my beliefs – be kind to others. In contrast to all the darkness that has touched our world, our individual light must shine brighter. Hate is not the answer. Guns are not the answer. The answer is simple: Love. When we love ourselves, we have the capacity to love others. When we love others, our capacity is limitless. It only starts with a kind thought, a smile, an action. And we are ALL capable.
Don’t take my word for it. Others agree:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.” – the Dalai Lama
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
“An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Ghandi
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” – Rachel Joy Scott, Columbine victim
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Di
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
“Freedom consists in doing not what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II
“Conquer the devils with a little thing called love!” – Bob Marley
So I’m totally on this #26Acts bandwagon. Will you join me? Leave a comment and add your own!
- Made a donation to Room to Read’s 1000 Libraries Campaign
- Donated to Kate’s seva safari benefiting Africa Yoga Project
- Called my parents and told them I love them
- Did the dishes for Andy
- Cuddled my pups
- Carry on friends!