Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Kindness Revolution

I get emails every day from the folks at the Care 2 site. Several of the communications lately have called my attention to a series of very short articles by Michelle Schoffro Cook who decided to work on creating a "kindness revolution".

You can see of list of the little articles she's offered so far right here.

Here's what inspired her:
“At age 33 Cami Walker, the author of 29 Gifts, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the life she knew changed forever. When she was going through some of her most difficult symptoms, she received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days. Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey.”
So Michelle decided to do this too and to invite her readers to participate. Here's something she says about that:
So, here’s the plan: I want to start a Kindness Revolution. I’m tired of all the lying, backstabbing, gossiping, and other parasitic characteristics I’ve seen in many people lately. But, instead of getting even with all those who hurt us, why not join the Kindness Revolution? Why not raise the bar? Reach for the highest common denominator instead of dropping to the lowest? I think kindness is the answer to the world’s ills. And, I’m hoping you’ll agree.
You don’t even have to spend a penny. You can give prayers, smiles, hugs, kind words, a shoulder to cry on, or donate some of your things to people who might need them. There are so many ways we can give of ourselves to transform the world.
I've never forgotten what I read about the Dalai Lama many years ago. Here's what he said:
"My religion is kindness."
May that be true for each of us as well.

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