“What is desirable in a man is kindness.” ~ Proverbs 19:22
Messages of encouragement on a facebook wall and a caringbridge site…
A pot of coffee already freshly brewed in the parent lounge after a long night in a children’s hospital…
A smile from a stranger in an elevator…
A fellow childhood cancer parent taking time to stop and ask about my sick child and my healthy one…
Cookies baked at the Ronald McDonald House…
Cards and gifts arriving in a hospital room daily…
All lifted spirits in our darkest days.
All still remembered.
Is it the little things that make the difficult things more bearable?
Random acts of kindness really do make a difference.
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain
And when we look at someone, can we really see?
Or are we so consumed with self that we only see what we want to see?
Or is it just too painful so we simply look away?
Emptiness, loneliness, and overwhelming hurt can be easily hidden with an outward smile.
We never know what people are going through.
And we never know how much of an impact a simple random act of kindness can make on a life.
Letting someone go ahead of you in line.
Paying for someone else’s coffee in the drive-thru.
Passing along a great book.
Helping someone load packages in a car.
Holding the door.
Taking in a neighbor’s trashcan from the curb.
A Christmas card with a real note in it.
A phone call.
A word of encouragement in a card, message or email…
Last year a group of Zack’s friends and their families got together in December and agreed to look for opportunities to perform “random acts of kindness”.
Carefully written and thoughtful notes about Zack memories and their “random acts of kindness” delivered to us in a wrapped box.
And we read each one.
And in the midst of our missing, our spirits were lifted.
Little things — will you be the gift this Christmas?
We encourage you this Christmas season to make a point to perform random acts of kindness in honor of our Zack and all the other children who have lost their battle with cancer and all the ones who continue to fight. And we would love to hear about your random acts of kindness so please share them with us as we honor and miss Zack and find the joy in the moments of every day.