A Facebook friend, Karen, shared an amazing example of intergenerational kindness that she and her family undertook over the Christmas holidays. Her family’s deliberate, intentional kindness touched many people and the effects of it rippled out into the community. Here is her story:
“Acts of Kindness started out as an idea for a new family tradition introduced by my daughter-in-law, Callie. The intent was something fun and meaningful for Advent for our family. We wanted to incorporate a new tradition that felt true to the real celebration of the season, but still be lots of fun, too.
Together, we decided that every day we would each commit to a random act of kindness. This would be a wonderful opportunity to help teach their children (our grandchildren) to be generous and thoughtful during the holiday season, as well as a reminder of how really powerful and simple kindness can be. Participants were my husband and I (Karen and Roger, the grandparents), our adult children (Kevin and Callie), and our precious grandchildren, Molly (in kindergarten, 6 years old) and Ben (4 years old).
|Karen's grandchildren getting into the holiday spirit|
When doing our Acts of Kindness we noticed that when randomly helping others there was a feeling of REAL joy inside. It is the kind of joy that can only come from serving others. It’s a joy you cannot fully comprehend unless you are engaged. And how quickly the little ones were able to understand and really feel the joy!
|JOY personified - Molly in a Christmas pageant|
|Ok, maybe THIS example of kindness was a tiny bit self-serving, but you have to give it to the kid for trying! :)|
Most everyone reacts positively to kindness. Oddly enough, when sharing kindness with strangers, it sometimes felt like a barrier was lifted. It was as if, for a brief moment, we shared a kind of kinship with each other.
Molly (kindergarten) even asked to help the teacher and read to some of her classmates. When Kevin and Callie questioned Molly about her actions, she replied that she was doing her Acts of Kindness at school. Kids really do "get it" when they do it themselves. I give so much credit to my amazing daughter-in-law. She lives her faith and is teaching our grandchildren by example!
Hopefully, doing Acts of Kindness will continue to be something
we are deliberate in thinking about and will be a gentle reminder to take
advantage of the daily opportunities to make our world a better place.”
|The whole family went to a "Fun Run" for Tidwell Hospice.|
Susan here - are YOU a kindness activist?? Have you given, received, or seen KINDNESS that you would like to share? Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it. Kindness shared with others starts the RIPPLE EFFECT that Karen explained - when people see/hear about kindness, they are inspired to share kindness, too! Help me get the word out, and be a KINDNESS ACTIVIST!