No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted.
The new school year begins next week for our students. Staff is already there getting prepared for the first day when kids from across Jeffco and the state, for that matter, will walk through doors looking for friendly faces in the crowd of students and staff.
And as we think about recent events nationally, in Colorado, and locally, we know there is a great deal of anxiety among our entire community. We aren’t going to preach to you what we think the solution is – there’s just not enough space here to cover it. But prompted by an emailed newsletter from New West Physicians (written by Kristin Kosinski), we’d like to carry this idea forward – especially now, when we all need a little kindness.
Please consider sharing this idea with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Here’s a brief clip from that newsletter:
“It’s no secret that helping someone else can improve your mood. If you’re feeling down, lift your spirits by helping someone. Are you having a great day? Share your happiness by spreading kindness.
What is a random act of kindness?
A random act of kindness is an unplanned gesture to help a friend, family member, or a total stranger.
Keep it simple or be creative…it doesn’t matter how small the act is, it’s the thought that counts.”
We came up with some of our own ideas we’d like to pass along – remember it doesn’t have to be expensive, or cost anything at all except perhaps a moment of your time:
- Pay it forward by paying for the person behind you in line when you buy coffee
- Pick up your neighbor’s paper
- Go out of your way to introduce yourself and welcome a new member of your work team, classroom, or new neighbor
- Smile and be sure to thank the clerk who helped you at the store or restaurant
- If you are using public transportation, and see someone who looks like they need a seat (age, health, etc.), offer yours
- Volunteer at school, retirement home, homeless shelter (this could be an endless list)
- Thank someone who serves in the military for their service
- Bring boxes of tissues to your teacher on back to school night
This week, especially, lots of folks are feeling extra stressed from everyday life, and remember that includes our kids. We’d like to invite you to consider making someone’s day a little better with your own Random Act of Kindness; and we’d love to invite you to share with us any suggestions you might have for folks, or one of your own experiences.
It’s a crazy, scary world these days. Let’s try to be easy on each other.