Challenge yourself to be kind, even if you’re hurting.
What creative ways can you think of to spread kindness where you are?
Helping others as you work on your own healing can be a healing act in and of itself. Step out today and BE the kindness and compassion you’d like to see more of in the world.
We challenge you to perform random acts of kindness!
1. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, school, or community center. Share your talents and love for life with the folks there!
2. GUERILLA KINDNESS: Gather together with friends to make a bunch of uplifting cards and notes. Include some Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes if you like! Go out in the evening and stealthily leave the notes and cards where others can find them — tied to a fence, on a bench, at a bus stop, in a book at the library. You will bring a smile to a stranger’s face when they find your card!
3. Have an afternoon Mad Hatter’s “Tea and Sympathy” in costume at a park.
Martin Luther King, Jr. on KINDNESS
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up before our most bitter opponents and say: We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.”
(“A Christmas Sermon;” 12-24-1967)
“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
(from Strength to Love; 1962)
“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
(“Beyond Vietnam;” 4-4-1967)