A Great Big Blog of Kindness!
Updated: Jul 8, 2020
So, I had an idea percolating for a while to write a blog based on a year of ultimate kindness. That is, to push my kindness boundaries by doing an extra 100 good deeds and journal about it. The only requirement for these acts would be that they are beyond the scope of my daily routine and really make me stretch to be kinder and more thoughtful than I am today. As the year progresses, the acts would be more challenging and really push me out of what is comfortable.
I had planned on starting this on January 1st, but then I had some doubt, life got busy, and you know how the rest goes. Then in March, well, it really hit the fan, didn't it? This Covid thing came pouncing on us. People came out and said we must protect everybody. Others came out and said, well it is only the old who get really sick, so why should I stay at home? Then, haters came out, then the people who hated the hate that the haters were saying came out. Then, people wore masks to demonstrations while others didn't want to wear masks. Things were (and still are) divided.
Then, someone died because of the colour of their skin.
Instantly, we all became REALLY divided. Our one world became more fractured than before.
Well, it all got overwhelming....and disheartening. Even in my own community, hate bubbled up and surfaced until I felt saddened by it all. Most of all, I felt powerless. As a children's book author and illustrator, I'm committed to writing books that are joyful, inclusive and kind, but I still felt I wanted to do more.
That leads me back to my project: A Great Big Blog of Kindness in 100 Acts.
How much difference can one person make if they upgrade their kindness in 100 Acts? Can one little person with the greatest intentions make a difference in the community and beyond? Does focusing on kind acts help to cope with these challenging times?
I don't know how it will turn out, no one ever really does how the future will unfold. But, I think it is important to at least give it a try.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop