We’re living in the Age of Entitlement. Take, take, take. Buy, buy, buy. That’s what it frequently seems like anyway. I often wonder why people have become so focused on themselves. Isn’t it time to give back? Then I was reading a friend of mine’s blog. Jo Davidson, songwriter, pianist, journalist and more, interviewed the author of a book called 29 Gifts on Zentertainment Radio. Jo shares some of the interview:
“At age 33 Cami Walker, the author of 29 Gifts, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the life she knew changed forever. When she was going through some of her most difficult symptoms, she received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days. Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey.”
Now I’m curious. While I’m curious about what Cami received and can’t wait to get my hands on her book, I’m also interested in what I can give.
Some initial thoughts come to mind. I love to cook and tend to shower my loved ones with healthy breads, baking, curries, and other concoctions I create in the kitchen. So, food immediately comes to mind. And then there are the obvious hugs and kind words, giving away the clothes that no longer fit, or extra furniture. After that, it starts to become a conscious effort. “What can I give?”
So, here’s the plan: I want to start a Kindness Revolution. I’m tired of all the lying, backstabbing, gossiping, and other parasitic characteristics I’ve seen in many people lately. But, instead of getting even with all those who hurt us, why not join the Kindness Revolution? Why not raise the bar? Reach for the highest common denominator instead of dropping to the lowest? I think kindness is the answer to the world’s ills. And, I’m hoping you’ll agree.
Over the next 29 days I’m going to be blogging about my experiences as I try to do my part. Join me, Jo, Cami, Care2.com, and all the others out there who are ready to be part of the solution–the Kindness Revolution. You don’t even have to spend a penny. You can give prayers, smiles, hugs, kind words, a shoulder to cry on, or donate some of your things to people who might need them. There are so many ways we can give of ourselves to transform the world. Let’s face it there are a lot of people who could use some caring and sharing right now.
Please join me in The Kindness Revolution. Isn’t it time we all learned we’re connected, we’re in this together, and that the way we treat each other really does matter? If you’re going to join me in The Kindness Revolution, please add your comments to my article below to let me know. Let’s raise the roof with good deeds. And, don’t forget to come back and share how giving transforms your life. I’d love to hear about it. And, I’ll let you know how it goes for me too. Hmmm. I’m not sure what I’ll give today…my husband and fellow Care2 blogger had a 15 hour workday that was pretty difficult. He won’t be in until late tonight so I think I’ll make him a homemade pizza with a gluten-free crust tomorrow. That will be my gift to him for all his hard work and for just being a great husband and person.