By The Kindness Mama
I was sitting in class the other day when a classmate of mine gave me the best compliment ever. This classmate said my good vibe was rubbing off on her. I like to see things in a positive light. My glass is always half full not half empty. I like to spread happiness, cheer and kindness. If I have anything negative to say, I try my best to keep it to myself. Now I am not saying I don’t get mad — you all know I do from my column a few issues ago. What I am saying is I try! I try to be a positive person. I try and see the best in people. I try to find something good in everyone I meet. Now I will admit sometimes it takes a while, but I do find goodness in everyone.
Sometimes if you shine a spotlight on that goodness then the goodness will grow. Kind of like when you water a dry plant, the plant springs back to life. When you shine a spotlight on someone’s goodness and compliment them on it, it helps that goodness grow.
I believe we are all good inside. I believe we all want to spread happiness, cheer and kindness. I also believe we need help. Some of us have bad days, some of us have bad weeks and a few of us might even have bad months. What we need is someone to shine their kindness on us. On those days, weeks and even months where all seems bleak, sad and almost hopeless, we need to have each other’s back and share the kindness spotlight.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple smile, a kind word or even a hug. Sometimes all it takes is someone to listen. So SMCC students, staff and faculty, let’s all start taking stock of each other. Let’s see who is need of some kindness, a smile, a hug or even a high-five. Let’s all take our eyes off our phones when we are walking to class, eating a meal or sitting in the campus center. Let’s all make eye contact with one another and share a smile, a kind word or better yet, why not start a conversation?
Try it once, maybe twice. What is the worst that can happen? You might make someone’s day a bit brighter. You might make yourself feel a bit happier. You might make a new friend. We are all in this together! Let’s try and help each one through this thing we call life.
Now it is your turn. Please tell me your random-act-of-kindness sightings. Maybe you witnessed a random act of kindness on campus, or maybe you were the recipient of one. It could be you were the giver and want to share your story. Whatever the kindness is, I want to hear it. Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC OF KINDNESS!