This week we wanted to share a short article taken from the “Daily Motivator,” written by Ralph Marston on “Adding Kindness.” This article really hit home with us and speaks to our Kindness Matters program and God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness.”
We hope it also hits home for you!
“When interacting with other people, keep this in mind. They are people, with lives, stories, families, hopes, challenges and feelings. For your own sake and for the sake of everyone, go out of your way to be considerate. Do all you can do to be Kind. Especially when you're not met with kindness, offer your own Kindness in return. Instead of trying to get the last word, seek to give the first smile. Kindness does not get used up. In fact, the more it is expressed, the more of it there is, and the world will benefit from all you can give. You may have every reason to be angry, disappointed, impatient, sarcastic. Yet Kindness is almost always the better choice. If the world seems too harsh, rude, inconsiderate, do something positive about it. Add your own kindness, every opportunity you get.”
This week’s Kindness Acts to share with you:
"I'm always in a hurry. Always! It seems a bit much at times but I'm always running from one event to another with very little time in between. I think we train ourselves to do this so we don't have to serve or help others. I'm trying my best to do little things like pick up peoples trash and put it in the garbage for them. It's small but I'm trying." ~ Life Teen Sophomore
"Many of my business associates and friends are male. Since it was Mother’s Day, I still wanted to take the opportunity to wish their wife the very best for Mother’s Day. It is a very special time. So, I texted all of them and asked if they would extend a Happy Mother’s Day to their wife and also asked them to do something Kind for her today! I hope that they did and I hope that all Mothers were made to feel special on their day!”
We are so happy to see the Kindness Acts that are coming in! Thank you for demonstrating your caring way!
We have heard that you may be doing Kindness Acts but prefer not to share them – we understand. It is the act of Kindness that counts! When we kicked off this Kindness Matters Program – we wanted Kindness to be Contagious. One of the ways to make it contagious is by sharing the Kindness Acts each week in our parish. Please remember you can always share your Kindness Act by indicating “Anonymous”.
This week’s Kindness Acts to share with you:
Following last week’s theme of teaching our children to be Kind, we want to share that we have wonderful neighbors. One of our neighbors has a two year old little girl named Kate. Kate helped her mom to make two cupcakes and she delivered them to us with the biggest smile! We were having a challenging week and this very special act of kindness by Kate made our week! Kate’s parents are truly teaching her what kindness means. Thank you for sharing your kindness with us.
"I always find myself too busy to even think of doing an act of kindness. That's when it hit me that we keep ourselves from just being nice to each other. I've spent the last week at school just saying hello to people walking down the hall. Was it intentional? Yes, but it soon became second nature and who knows, maybe people just want to be recognized as being present in life."
Let’s focus on teaching our children to be Kind! This week, please take some time to talk with your children on why being Kind matters. The ultimate goal is that we raise our children to do good in the world. Your children are always watching what you do as a parent. When you do a Kind act for someone, it is more likely that your children will also do a Kind act. You can make Kindness contagious when you set the example. In your role as a parent, it is up to you to teach your children to be thoughtful, caring, empathetic and Kind!
“Doing acts of Kindness sets the example of how to behave in this world!”
This week's "Acts of Kindness" to share:
Over the weekend, my neighbor had a huge pile of mulch delivered. My first thought was, "that's going to take him all weekend." After watching neighbor after neighbor stop by and say hello to him, I realized this is the same guy who snow plows everyone's drive and walkway during the winter. My son and I went over and helped the gentlemen with the mulch for the next 3 hours and we were able to finish it all.
I am a part of Life Teen here at St. Joan of Arc and we collected clothes for shelters and ministries in Harrisburg. It was a great way to give back and we had a lot of fun too.
~ Hershey Sophomore
Please share your act of kindness by emailing them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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