With all of the negativity that has been thrown haphazardly around the myriad of social media, the timing of our 3rd Annual Toy Drive at the lodge couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
For anyone who has ever done anything nice for someone, you know what an astounding feeling of satisfaction you get knowing that you made a difference or at least made someone smile. Random acts of kindness, whether large or small, create a ripple effect that we need to send back into this world.
I’ve written before about “paying it forward”. It is a concept I truly believe in and one this Earth could really use right now. You may think that buying someone in the line behind you at the drive-thru a simple cup of coffee may seem like nothing, but that person may turn around and donate $50.00 to a charity that may help a family have a real turkey dinner at Christmas. For each kind wave sent into this world, the ripple of that kindness swells into bigger rings on the pond of our life.
I took our first few monetary donations into a local shop and bought the first toys for our Toy Drive today. It made me feel happy and it made me feel hopeful. That spirit of giving still exists within each one of us. Whether it is a donation for a charity or merely a kind word to someone who could use a smile, kindness begets kindness.
It is easy to lose sight of the simple niceties with all the fear and anger being broadcast on every news station around the world. It is understandable that our anxiety and apprehension are clouding our vision and not allowing us to remember the kindness we have been raised to feel and to share. I am thankful that I have been made aware that tolerance and humanity still exist and I am extremely grateful that I continue to comfortably tread water in the sea of optimism.
I am reminded of the line from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life” ~ every time a bell rings, an Angel gets its wings. Perhaps we can bring that thought process down from such an ethereal level and just hope that every time a kind act is performed, a small piece of hatred dies.