When we are kind, we inspire others to be kind, and it creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards. Just as a pebble creates waves when it is dropped in a pond, acts of kindness ripple outwards, touching others lives and inspiring kindness everywhere the wave goes.
– Brooklin Allen
Acts of kindness really do inspire other acts of kindness. Your one small act of kindness today could impact so many people in our Saint Mary’s community and beyond as its ripples spread out, touching and inspiring others. I don’t have any stories to share today, but I would invite you this week to put some kindness into action. Try one or more of these ways to practice kindness (This list is from a variety of sources.):
- Write a “thank you” note. A simple note of appreciation to your spouse, your parents, a faculty member, or a coach. One simple note is enough to put a smile on their face and inspire them to be kind to someone else.
- Compliment someone. Say something thoughtful and genuine to someone. Express appreciation for a job well done.
- Take a photo of something beautiful, and text it to someone in your life.
- Offer your full attention to someone.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Send someone a card via snail mail just to let them know you are thinking about them.
- Think of someone who is struggling and pray for them every day this week.
Let’s get that kindness rippling here at Saint Mary’s and in our broader communities. I think you’ll be amazed by the results you see. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you did.