Be Kind to Humankind this week, for goodness sake
This is my favorite week of the year—Be Kind to Humankind Week—so if you were planning to be mean and nasty this week, fuggedaboutit! Yep, there’s a week designated for kindness and the more I read and watch the news and world events, the more I know we absolutely need this week and a few more like it.
The story goes that the week’s founder, Lorraine Jara, was inspired to create this week after an accident in her hometown. Two boaters were found clinging to each other after their boat overturned. Other boaters passed by and saw them but didn’t help because they didn’t want to get involved.
Like the parable of the Good Samaritan in the New Testament’s Luke Chapter 10:25-37, there are always opportunities to either get involved, look away, or be real busy when there’s someone in need. This week I hope we will take time to spread sunshine, lend a helping hand, do some good and do all we can to make the world better.
It’s real simple: if each of us does a little good, it would add up to a whole bunch of good and the world would automatically be kinder and gentler. Here’s a brief be-kind-do-good-list if you need ideas:
Greet everyone you meet with a smile and a hello. Even if you don’t know them it’s powerful to be acknowledged as a person of worth. Go ahead and speak even if the person you speak to ignores you or looks away to avoid eye contact.
Keep your word. If you told Great Aunt Ira you’re coming by Saturday, go, sit down a minute, listen, and learn something new. People of her generation have such a wealth of knowledge they could and need to share and when they’re gone, their lessons are, too.
As a child I was taught if you said you would, you’d better be caught dead trying to get it done. Your word still ought to mean something. The scriptures remind us that a good name is worth more than precious jewels—even after my parents died, their good name still opens doors for me.
See all the people. The little ones, big ones, poor ones, rich ones, old ones, young ones, ones with labels, ones without a label, southern ones, northern, eastern, and western ones—and all the ones in between, we’re all products of our circumstances.
Not one of us chose parents, places to grow up, skin to be born into—we simply have to play the hand that’s been dealt us. No one of us would choose to be broken, relegated to closets, invisibility, harassment, neglect, sleeping under a bridge, braving the elements to survive—all because we want to be respected and seen. Each of us is unique and we deserve to be treasured whether we make good choices or poor ones. Held accountable, but seen and treasured. Beginning this week, remember treasure, not measure.
Stop whining and speak kindness and encouragement. Proverbs 15:1 says “a soft answer turns away wrath.” It’s true. In this hurry up and get it done, rush, rush, rush place of chaos and confusion, we could all profit from a word of encouragement and affirmation.
My prayer this week is that we’ll have so much fun being kind, we’ll keep doing it all year and before we know it, we will be a rainbow in somebody’s cloud.
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