The Power of Kindness

I’m thrilled to have a guest blogger today, Karen Cioffi.  Below is a reprint of a post from her site.  It’s a great reminder of the power of small acts of kindness. At the end of the post Karen is offering a great promotion for writers and those who are involved in marketing.

This article is a departure from my regular postings, but I read a touching story yesterday, sent from Hope Clark, in the Funds for Writers newsletter. It told the story of a freshman nerd who got bullied and a kind stranger who took action.

The gist of the story: Walking home from school one Friday, a boy noticed another boy (the nerd) carrying a load of books. Watching, he saw a group of kids deliberately knock him down. He felt sorry for the boy and instead of just walking by, he stopped and helped. The boys ended up becoming best friends.

Years later, after thriving and growing during high school, the nerd was giving the graduation speech. He revealed that the Friday he met his best friend, he planned to kill himself that weekend. That’s why he had all his books and belongings from school, to save his mom the grief of having to get them. His best friend, without ever knowing until then, had saved his life with a simple act of kindness and friendship.

This is not the only story about how a kind act actually saved someone’s life; there are many such true stories.

The point is: One small act of kindness can turn someone’s day around, can turn anger into calmness, can save a life.

And, that act of kindness can have a rippling affect. That high school nerd went on to become a doctor – who knows how many lives he saved or might save. But, the rippling effect doesn’t have to be in the form of a doctor, it can be another act of kindness, a smile, a helping hand to someone else.

I recently listened in on a webinar about breaking through your own stumbling blocks, no matter how deep rooted they are. One of the points delved into the fact that each of us is from an original source, most of us consider that source God. Since we’re all created by God, we are all basically one.

While this isn’t a great revelation, this philosophy has been around a while, it does remind us that we should do unto others as we’d have them do to us . . . since we are all one.

Would you prefer a kind word or an angry word, a smile or a frown, being brought down or encouraged, a slap or a kiss. You get the idea.

Our actions cause reactions in those we interact with – you just never know what that one simple act of kindness or friendliness will cultivate.

The world has many heroes, such as firefighters, those in the military, the police, rescuers, and so on, who risk their lives to help others and save lives. A kind word, an act of kindness, a friendly gesture, while not heroic and on a much smaller scale, has the same capability.

Years ago I listened to a speech about how during the gold rush people worked hard to search through dirt and rock to find gold. It brought out that we should do the same toward people. Rather than quickly finding fault, take the time and effort to search for the good in others. Search for the gold.

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Karen Cioffi is a published author, freelance writer, and marketer, and to start the New Year with a BANG, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2012, she is offering all her writing and marketing e-books (purchased directly from her site/s using the Paypal SHOPPING CART) for a $1.19 each. And, this will include new titles added within that time period.  For a complete list of the available titles and links to more information:

http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2011/12/2012-writing-and-marketing-ebook.html

For a complete list (with brief descriptions of each ebook) go to:

http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/p/karens-books.html

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11 responses to “The Power of Kindness

  1. What a wonderful story. It really is a reminder to think about our everyday actions.

  2. Wow, it’s amazing what one simple act can do.

  3. Great article and we all need to be kinder to each other!

  4. That story is so wonderful, a simple act of kindness. I love it and try to put some of that in the books for children that I am working on. A great rule to live by.

  5. Mary Jo, Thank you for featuring my article!

    Bill, I glad you found the story a good reminder.

    Dorine, You just never know what that smile or kind word can do.

    Nancy, I agree, we need to be kinder to each other.

    Terri, It’s a great strategy to add that type of subtle guidance in children’s books. This practice needs to start early.

  6. Ellen L. Ramsey

    What a fantastically wonderful story–to know that one kid took a stand and saved a life and found a friend!

  7. Sorry, I read this when it was posted then went away. But I can’t get it out of my mind. An inspirational message. Thanks Karen and Mary Jo

  8. Thanks Karen for sharing at my site. It really is an inspirational story.

  9. I love your writing style and especially your past post about retreats!

    • Thanks Michele. I started my New Years with a short retreat this past weekend. It’s a way to start my year with focus.

  10. I’ve hosted Karen and her children’s book on my blog (http://margodill.com/blog/). She’s a first class act! 🙂

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