We interrupt this blogging break to talk about the 26 Acts of Kindness movement that is picking up steam across the world thanks to NBC News and Facebook. (Check out that Facebook group because the stories will delight and shock you. It’s so awesome to see what others are doing with this challenge.) It’s always healing to focus on what we can do to make the world a nicer, kinder place in which to live. Ann Curry’s 20 evolved into 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 children and adults lost in Newtown, CT. (Amanda at Kind Over Matter is doing 28 acts of kindness to include Adam and his mother.) So rather than keep my head down and go about my day-to-day life, I decided to incorporate some sort of kindness into every day from now on. Why stop at 26? (I hope I do this anyway, but it will become more conscious now.)
I certainly didn’t want or need to talk to my daughter about my fears surrounding recent events, but I did want to involve her in these acts of kindness. I asked her what she’d like to do and I’m pretty sure it was her idea to hand out flowers to people at the zoo. So we did!
Inspired by Amanda’s kind bombs, we used her flower template idea to make flower tags to add to the stems and we handed them out to people. I LOVED her post about doing the acts of kindness… and she has lots of good ideas. We also made a set of flowers to use with a small piece of candy for placing on 26 car windshields. More to come on that project.
We loaded up our stroller and set out to spread cheer. It was so so fun… I don’t know who enjoyed it more – the recipients or us. My daughter is definitely hooked.
You can find more kindness posts here.