Acts of Kindness

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Love lights more fire than hate extinguishes. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Gandhi

Hate the sin, love the sinner. Gandhi

I am now a hippie. To clarify, these past few months, I have felt like a hippie. Generally, I have never considered myself a hippie. But there has been such a division within the country that I feel the need for the country to collectively take a deep breath. That we all need a long hug or yoga session. Who doesn’t feel better after a hug?

I can’t believe how many people choose to hate.

Unfortunately, it is easy. It is easy in today’s world to hide behind your screen and spew hate, to make yourself appear uncaring and that you are above it. I have been appalled at how people will speak of others they will never meet and just their general rudeness towards other humans. Some people say that we are living in a society that is too politically correct. I disagree. I believe that we have given the label “politically correct” as an excuse to be rude to others. People simply would rather not care about their fellow humans. Too often, I see it as a way to try to speak without accountability or acknowledging that your words mean something or are a reflection of you.

Growing up, I was the kid who wanted everyone to get along. My hippie self sees this still. I just can’t understand why people are okay with insulting and swearing out strangers and to keep up with the conversations of hate? Hate takes too much energy. Doesn’t anyone believe in karma? What benefit is there from hating another person or concept? I’m also not too sure why anyone thinks that their beliefs will be justified in insulting the beliefs’ of others? I see this a lot too.  

If we didn’t all have our own opinions, we would all be the same. How boring would that be? As well, there’d be no change or progress in life. We would never learn. It is our differences which makes us stand out. It is our ability to accept others for whom they are which defines our humility and sets us apart from the rest. In most cases, I can’t even figure out why people care in most cases if people have a differing opinion from them. It impacts them not at all, usually.  

Anymore, I don’t even feel comfortable to share my opinions. Once upon a time, it wasn’t polite to talk about politics. However, I just don’t find the need to invite that type of negative energy into my life, and I don’t want to give someone else reason to spread it. There’s ways to disagree, and insulting and degrading others isn’t the way to do it.

Politics aside – which I have talked more about than I would have liked to – the point of this post is to offer a challenge. As I said, there is so much division in the country right now. I know this. You know this. I hear it on podcasts and talk shows, I read it in the news. However, most people don’t seem to know how to resolve it. Let’s take politics out of the equation for a minute. Let’s look at each other as we truly are – human beings. People trying to live in this world, day after day.

Let us do something kind for each other. Something little. I’m not asking to change the world. Just try to add some kindness your world. Hold a door open for someone. Pay it forward. Share your umbrella with someone. Let someone go ahead of you in line. There are dozens of ways to show kindness to strangers; don’t forget your loved ones too. Deliberate acts of kindness; that’s all I am asking. Notice how it makes you feel. It spreads. Karma, remember?

Kindness to others reflects upon you. We can help the world shine a little brighter through these little acts. Maybe I’m just too much of a hippie, but I’m hopeful. I am hopeful that we can start healing through these small acts, and that maybe the conversation can occur without hate. I hope that we will realize love will always accomplish more than hate; that actual conversation will accomplish more than insulting the beliefs of others. Love moves mountains! There’s a quote from the movie “Love, Actually,” talking about the 9/11 attacks. It observes that in their final moments, people made calls of love. Not hate. Because in the end, love is what matters.  Maybe I’m just hopeful. But that’s what the world needs. Hope.

Faith, hope, and love are good things He gave us, but the greatest is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

I’m not the most religious person, but I think we all need a little bit more of these – faith in whatever we believe in, hope that there is still good in the world (there is), and love.

Consider this exchange between Frodo and Sam in JRR Tolkien’s “Return of the King,”

Frodo: But what are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And that it’s worth fighting for.

And there is most definitely is. It is just up to us to find it again.

Peace and Love,

Vic Mik

 

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