With all of the scary things going on around the world, I still believe in kindness.
With all of the hate that’s happening, I still believe in kindness.
With all of the sadness people are feeling, I still believe in kindness.
I believe in the kindness that looks like standing up for what you believe in.
I believe in the kindness that looks like helping your neighbors.
I believe in the kindness that looks like taking a break from the news or social media, to take care of yourself.
I believe in the kindness that looks like supporting causes you believe in.
I believe in big kindness and little kindness, and while one little thing might not heal the world, it can heal one person. A few months ago I encountered a woman in a restroom who was visibly upset. I could have simply washed my hands and left her alone. Instead I asked her if she was alright and learned that she’d just lost her sweet dog the day before. I asked if I could give her a hug and she let me. It was a small thing that took no time. We introduced ourselves and I made sure she had someone at home to comfort her.
Just last week I saw that same woman again. She was bright and happy. She came right over to me and told me she remembered that I gave her a big hug after her dog passed away and showed me pictures of the puppy she’s adopting this week.
One kind action in a moment when it would have been just as easy to walk away makes a difference. That’s the kindness I believe in.