I’m not going to review the book I just read, Rage by Richard Bachman (Stephen King), because it’s about a school shooting, and it’s hitting too close to home here in the U.S. at this time.
But what I will do is remind you of the 26 Acts of Kindness that Ann Curry began in order give people something positive to do after the devastation at Newtown.
There’s nothing you need to do except make sure to do 26 random acts of kindness in memory of those who lost their lives. Done with your 26 acts? Keep going to honor the memories of all of the other recent shooting victims.
I’m slowly working on my 26 Acts of Kindness. I’m usually the kind of person to go out of my way to help others or be kind anyway, so I’ve had to think very hard about the things I can do that are different from my normal acts, in order to really honor these people.
I bought two $5 footlongs from Subway in Denver (and they gave me a 10% discount when they knew what I was going to do with them, so they did an act of kindness as well!), and then passed out the 6-inches to 4 homeless people on the street. Another thing I have done a few times is pay for people’s expired parking meters.
Don’t just sit there and be sad about the situation (although you totally can do that for a little while). But then DO something to make our world a better place. You can’t change what already happened, but you can make a difference in what you feel strongly about, whether it’s gun control or going green or whatever.
Not only do we need to make the world a better place now, but we need to make it better for the future.
What are your plans to help make a change in our world?