Random Acts of Kindness
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT – Counselor’s Corner
The recent school shooting tragedy in Connecticut took the lives of twenty-six people. I cannot imagine the grief that their family and friends are experiencing. We all feel profound sorrow and would like to help, but think that there is no way.
I heard that TV’s Ann Curry suggested doing twenty-six “random acts of kindness” in memory of each one of these lost individuals. I thought that a beautiful way to recognize the significance of their lives. A “random act of kindness” can be any kind of kindness such as opening the door for someone, paying the toll attendant for the person in the car behind you, visiting a shut-in, sweeping an elderly neighbor’s driveway, saying “hi” to a stranger, baking cookies for your vet, making a donation to your favorite charity, not making a face at the parent whose baby is crying on the plane, calling an old friend you haven’t talked to in a very long time, waving someone in on the crowded freeway, etc.
Can you imagine what would happen if everyone in the U.S. would commit to twenty-six “random acts of kindness”? It would truly make a difference. And who does it begin with? Me and you. What a wonderful way to memorialize some very special people.
Copyright © 2013, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
P.S. Please see my other column “SmileNotes.”
The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.