By Beth Carpenter
It’s Thanksgiving, the day set aside to remind us to take time to be thankful for all the good in our lives.
It’s hard, sometimes, to sort through the noise and remember to be grateful for what we have. Advertisers, news media and political parties have learned it’s in their best interest if we’re unhappy. We’re genetically programmed to notice danger, and so the best way to get our attention is to point out what’s wrong, what’s missing, what isn’t perfect. But it’s important that we also pay attention to what’s right, the good things we have, and the many acts of kindness surrounding us each day.
Sometimes they’re little acts, like someone holding a door, reaching something on a high shelf, or offering to let the mom with the fussy toddler check out first. Sometimes they’re huge, like giving a college scholarship or a car. But kindness is something we can all practice and every act of kindness makes a difference.
In Milwaukee, when an officer stopped a woman and was told she couldn’t afford car seats for her girls, he bought them for her.
In San Antonio, a little girl whose dog died wrote a letter to God, and a postal worker sent a book and a response to reassure her.
A sanitation worker in Independence, Missouri helped an women who suffered from dementia when she fell, and developed an ongoing relationship with her.
A woman in Mesa, Arizona accidentally invited someone else’s grandson to Thanksgiving, and now he's always invited.
I’ve been the beneficiary of so many acts of kindness. From the people who helped change tires or jump batteries, to writers and readers who gave advice and encouragement, to neighbors who roll out the trash and collect flyers when we’re out of town, to the nurse who reassured me before surgery—I’ve been surrounded by kind people, and I’m thankful.
Do you have a story of an act of kindness you’d like to share?
I'm thankful for Heartwarming readers and authors. You're one of the really good things in my life, and I'm so glad you're here.
Not a single act, but the amount of giving done in this season to people in need (or even want) whom the giver doesn't even know is enough to give hope. Doing it out of the blue, without a season as a reminder, is even better. Happy Thanksgiving, Beth.ReplyDelete
It does give us hope. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Liz.Delete
Happy Thanksgiving Beth and all who read this inspiring post today! I love to read stories of random kindnesses in the news - our neighbours (a young couple with 2 young children) raked up all our leaves last week, just because! We need these stories don’t we, affirming our better sides when too often we’re confronted with the negatives. And like Beth, I’m so appreciative of our Heartwarming author group.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you have great neighbors! Happy Thanksgiving.Delete
Happy Thanksgiving. I see so many acts of kindness every day. Some are simple, like keeping a person from some hazard lying on the floor to the good samaritans we hear about making huge efforts. Seeing family and being kind to them is much more important. These are the people we tend to forget that kindness should also extend to them. So be kind to your siblings, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. Be especially kind to the ones that irritate you. Make a friend, not an enemy.ReplyDelete
Well said, Shirley. Kindness starts at home.Delete
I love reading about random acts of kindness. And sometimes I even practice them. :-) Lovely post!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Patricia. Happy Thanksgivings.Delete
I'm a late comer here on the Thanksgiving post, Beth, but I appreciate what you said. Funny, kindness has become a major theme in book 3 of my series. I've heard two or three stories just recently of people finding lost phones and making an effort to get them back to their owners. It's a modern day kindness among strangers. I bet we see more and more of it. Thanks, BethReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Virginia. Acts of kindness in a story always make me smile.Delete
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