I posted a comment on my personal Facebook page about mental health care and the comment stream seemed to turn in to a pro or against discussion about guns. I guess talking about the issues is the first step but listening should be a close second. I often find with controversial issues like gun control, my marriage, and other sensitive topics: people do not listen. People preach, people stand by their beliefs and people are not open to really seeing both sides. I include myself when I say people. For instance, when we talk about gay marriage I have a really, really hard time listening to people who say “hate the sin, love the sinner”. Hearing that someone considers my whole relationship a sin and hates it, well that pisses me off and I have a very hard time listening to what they have to say.
Regardless of how you feel about gun laws I do believe we need to discuss how to handle mental illness in our society. I personally don’t think we are handling it very well. But me sharing my opinion is also not doing anything to improve the situation.
In the meantime, while we are all at a loss of what to do I am thankful for NBC News Anchor Ann Curry who tweeted the idea to do 20 acts of kindness (using the pay it forward method) to honor the 20 children lost on December 14, 2012. The movement evolved in to 26 acts of kindness to also honor the teachers but I personally am calling it 27 acts of kindness. 27 lives were taken that day, actually 28…
Imagine how far reaching one small act of kindness could go.
For awhile I have been inspired by the Facebook page: Paying It Forward – One Day at a Time “This page is to provide a place where everyone can share stories, testimonials, offer encouragement and be a positive influence to help everyone see that there is still good going on in the world and rekindle the spirit of giving!”
I am so happy to see this movement going viral online. Instead of debating how many acts of kindness, how about making it a way of life and going with Paying it Forward – One Day at a Time? I invite you to leave a comment below sharing ideas of small acts of kindness to help inspire others. Share what you have done, what someone has done for you or just an idea you have of what might be a nice thing to do.
Thank you Ann Curry and thank you to my friends who posted about their acts of kindness.
This is something we can all do. Kindness doesn’t have to cost money.
Oh, Yes We Can!
Not sure where to start check out: 134 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness
Photo of Ann Curry © 2012 NBCNews.com
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