There is a photo I recently reposted on Facebook. It shows two little girls walking down a lane, one with her arm over the other’s shoulder. Superimposed on this black and white photo is “Make America Kind Again”. You know, I’ve been thinking about that.
Regrettably on more than one occasion I have posted something snarky, typically regarding politics. Local and national, I’ve snarked them all. But with the extraordinary vitriol coming out of the Presidential race and many “down ballot” races, the level of nastiness has reached new heights…or lows, depending on your perspective. And it’s not just politics, it’s also racism and immigration, poor versus wealthy, us versus them, and a plethora of other issues. The common denominator is plain old meanness.
The people who are supposed to be leaders are not leading, they often are exacerbating the problem. Here’s the thing: for every one of the meanies out there, there are thousands of us who aren’t mean, or who don’t want to be but got swept up in the hysteria. So, here is my radical idea:
Seriously, be kind. I challenge everyone who reads this to do at least one kind act per day. Do it in secret or post it online, but be kind at least once per day. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee. Tip a waitperson double. Volunteer somewhere. You see where I’m going with this, use your imagination. If we all begin to act in kindness, maybe we can counter the meanness out there.
It’s worth a try, isn’t it?