Kindness does matter. Now more than ever. And I firmly believe that kindness can change the world. One act at a time. One day at a time. One person at a time. Each of us can be an agent for change.

It took a while for me to come around to this way of thinking though. I’m ashamed to say that too often I’ve thought that a problem was too big, too hard to solve, especially for one person to tackle. The needs were so overwhelming and my time and finances too small to make a difference. So I turned away, feeling guilty and inadequate. Maybe you’ve felt that way before too.

We all have our struggles. Yours are different than mine, but every one of us is fighting some kind of battle. Despite that, we’re all capable of doing just a little something to make someone else’s life a little brighter and their load a little lighter. Today I’m sharing three stories of kindness and compassion to inspire you. . .

The Shoes Off His Feet

kindness-can-change-the-worldPhil Powell, an 18-year old Walmart employee, noticed a barefoot, homeless man buying only a cold drink and followed him out of the store. He took the shoes off his own feet and gave them to the man. When asked why he gave away his shoes, Powell simply said, “I have another pair of shoes. He doesn’t.” 

 

Bar Turned Community Center

Kevin Upshur turned a neighborhood bar in Philadelphia into the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, a safe place for youth in the area. The community center provides kids with access to computers, healthy meals, and a library. And donations are mainly what keeps the center going.

Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies

kindness-can-change-the-worldIf you think the elderly can’t contribute to making the world a better place, meet Ed Moseley. He’s 86 and lives in an assisted living facility. He taught himself to knit and spends hours each month making tiny, warm hats for premature babies.

 

 

Kindness does matter. Now more than ever. And I firmly believe that kindness can change the world. One act at a time. One day at a time. One person at a time. Each of us can be an agent for change.

Right now our country feels so divided, with people spewing hatred, insults, and general ugliness toward those not like them. Sometimes it feels like we’re coming apart at the seams as a nation. Kindness can help to shift us from a culture of mean-spiritedness and divisiveness to one where respect, dignity, and compassion are the norms. Regardless of age, gender, race, financial circumstances, or education every one of us has a part to play in that shift.

The Kindness Challenge

What is it? It’s a challenge to myself and to everyone reading this blog to reach out and spread a bit of compassion at least once a week. Commit one small act of kindness. Every week. Invite your friends, families, and coworkers to take The Kindness Challenge too.

Choosing kindness is good for the giver as well as the receiver. Research shows that helping another boosts our own happiness levels and well-being. It’s a win-win!

And if you’re so inclined, please leave a comment about what you plan to do to prove that kindness can change the world. I’d love to hear from you.

 

Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.

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