As I watched another depressing newscast today, I started thinking about all the good news that’s out there that just doesn’t make headlines. I thought I would post a bit about that so we can all consider how we can share the love and brighten each day. I know a lot of you already do stuff like this and I hope you will share your stories with me.
While you are checking out these links, let John Legend’s great song motivate you. I know you’re out there!
A couple of years ago I happened to read an article about someone in Pittsburgh who was secretly doing good deeds. Just little things – like leaving $5.00 worth of quarters at the laundromat or a Starbucks coffee coupon on someone’s desk or tucked on a windshield. All were accompanied by a little note asking the recipient to do the same for someone else. The word spread about this and everyone was intrigued. Secret Agent L did eventually reveal her identity, started a website and now has 1800 people around the world joining her campaign. If you would like to know more and possibly become a Secret Agent yourself, click here and find out all about it.
On the Kindness Resources page of that website, you’ll find a long list of other similar sites. Take a look and see what appeals to you. There’s definitely something for everyone – or just go out and do your own thing.
The Random Acts Of Kindness website has blossomed in a few short years to an amazing resource of ideas, large and small, for individuals or groups. Check it out!
Along with those more sophisticated websites I love finding smaller ones like Just To Make You Smile. Anyone can do something every day to make the world a better place. We just have to remember to take a few minutes to think about it and do it.
Or then again, from my own awesome (thanks to Kristen Lamb’s blogging class) Wana blogging group,there’s Natalie Hartford who blogs tirelessly in support of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and Jillian Dodd who highlights good stories like Hope In The Streets on her Philanthropy Thursday blog. And that’s just two of the group. I’ll feature others as we go.
“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
-Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
I’m a little late getting this post up. With the time difference here in France, it was after 2 a.m. when the U.S. Open Men’s tennis final finished and, of course, we were watching it! I’m going to do a random act of kindness for myself right now and go to bed!
Have you seen someone do something lately that you thought was great? Did you tell them so? That in itself qualifies! What random act of kindness did you do today? Leave a comment and share the news.