My friend posted on Facebook about being in a grocery store when a woman approached her and told her about being verbally attacked by an anti-Semitic woman in the parking lot. My friend hugged the woman and showed her some much-needed kindness. My friend asked which of her friends would have stood up to say/do something if they had witnessed this incident in the parking lot. I would hope that everyone would say or do something but too often we remain silent in the face of hateful acts. This got me thinking of acts of kindness and all the opportunities we pass up to act on our love for humanity.
This will mean different things to different people. We don’t all have the same passions for the same issues but this does not mean that we can’t find a way to spread the love in our own way. Whether you help someone cross the street, buy a stranger a coffee, smile and say hello to strangers on the street, volunteer for a charitable organization or stand up for someone who has been done wrong, when you practice and INTENTIONAL act of kindness toward a stranger you are putting powerful energy into the universe.
Right now, in the United States, there are many people acting from a place of fear. This is understandable and it is ok to spend time in that space, it is also just as important to remember there is another place you can come from. Whatever your fear may be, social, financial, racial, when you stay in a place of fear you are in a place of powerlessness. Ask yourself what you can do to turn that around. What action can you take to “be the change”? There is always something you can do to empower yourself with love.
When you come from love, not fear, and do intentional acts of kindness you are changing someone else’s life in a positive way AND you are also changing your life in a positive way. It feels good to know you have put something good out into the world. It can give you a sense of empowerment bringing you from fear/victim-hood into love/purpose/power. So, today is your day! Today you get to practice intentional acts of kindness! What will you do with your time?