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It's funny how one can be scrolling down their Facebook feed and a single post jumps out in a significant way. Such is the case with the post below.
I was on my iPad chatting with a friend while doing some social media, when I saw the post shared below and commented. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to share it on my own page. Unfortunately, by the time I was at my desktop computer, I could no longer remember who shared the post. Then a few hours later it popped up again when someone else commented on it. I quickly searched the original poster's name - John Perricone - so I could share his words from his page. It is such a powerful piece.
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'Statistically, it's highly unlikely that any of you will ever have the opportunity to run into a burning orphanage and rescue an infant. But, in the smallest gesture of kindness -- a warm smile, holding the door for the person behind you, shoveling the driveway of the elderly person next door -- you have committed an act of immeasurable profundity, because to each of us, our life is our universe.'
This is my hope for you for the New Year -- that by your smallest acts of kindness, you will save an other's world."
I honestly had to read it twice, taking time in between and after reading to let it sink in. I don't know about you, but I often find myself intimidated by about the profound acts of good some perform. Then there are those chosen for awards for their outstanding service. What they do and achieve is incredible, but reading about it can make the rest of us feel very small in comparison.
Over the last two years I have been contemplating what I actually feel called to do? I did take on a project knitting over 50 hats during the first year of the pandemic, with half sold and the money donated to supporting two families at Christmas, and the other half given to an organization that handed them out to those in need. It felt good. But it's hard to commit that amount of time yearly. Another time I bought a bunch of fleece and cut them into blankets to donate to the Get Warm Project.
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Like pebbles dropped in a pond, these small acts ripple out to effect others. Each person who receives an act of kindness is not only lifted up, but often go on to offer an act of kindness to someone else. What a wonderful counterpoint to the negativity and division around us - a growing wave of small acts of kindness could built to become
a tsunami of good will lifting others up.
Let's start today.
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