My family has been making an effort to be more kind to others.
Each year around the holidays I try to be more conscientious of this, but in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, I’m making even more of an effort to try and make the world a better place one small act at a time.
Maybe it’s my way of regaining some sense of control in a world where I have very little, or it’s my attempt at not letting the fear swallow me whole…
Put a little light back into the darkness…
“When you light a lamp for someone else,
you brighten your own path too.”
I was packing up some donations earlier today, and my daughter was visibly frustrated. When I asked her what was bothering her she scowled and replied, “I’m little! I don’t know how to help people!”
I told her that she could help me drop off the donations, and I’d be happy to have her as my helper when I was out doing my good deeds. I also told her, as I told her brothers, that being kind and doing good things doesn’t have to be done far away. Being nice to your siblings, friends, parents and neighbors is an easy way to good deeds too. Kindness can start at home.
Her little face crinkled and she thought about what I had just said. After a moment her face lit up and she happily replied, “Okay. I will be kind to my brother and I won’t do ‘bubble butt’ (aka farting underwater) in the tub anymore!”
So there you have it. If my three year old can give up her deliberate farting in the tub to annoy her brother, we can all find a way to do a kindness to someone else.