For those of us in the United States, this Monday is a somber day, marking the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country. Without a doubt, I remember the fear and uncertainty that enveloped me after that day; but I also remember the national unity that roared up following that attack on our community.
We were kinder to each other; we felt a kinship with complete strangers because we knew that we were all struggling with what had just happened. We were ‘in it together’ with our fellow countrymen; regardless of race, religion or sex or political bent.
What if we channeled that goodwill towards each other every day, without having to first face the crisis that caused it?
A couple of weeks ago I heard someone say something to the effect of ‘Right now America doesn’t have a glue that holds it together,’…what if we just decided to ‘be the glue?’
As the daughter of a career Naval officer, I have always had a soft spot for those who ‘choose to serve’; be it military, police, firefighter, etc… As a result, every anniversary of 9/11 when I am reminded of the incredibly brave servants who raced into the buildings while everyone else was trying to get out, I am humbled by their selfless acts…they show up every day hoping to ‘be the good.’
I decided to channel my emotion and started to take some sort of food gift to my local fire station just to say ‘Thanks…I appreciate you.’ Some years, when I had my act together I baked treats and other years I picked up several dozen doughnuts and a container of coffee from Dunkin Donuts.
No matter what I took and despite my efforts not to, I would end up blubbering my way through thanking these brave men and women…
I will be taking something to my fire station again this year, but in addition, to honor of all those who ‘chose to serve’ on 9/11, I am choosing to ‘be the good’ every day, but especially the week of 9/11.
Little ‘random acts of kindness’ have a way of causing ripples of kindness…I want to initiate some ripples. Wanna join me?
This is what I am thinking…
- I will keep bottles of water/soda and some candy bars/bags of chips to put out for the trash collectors and mailmen/women who come to my home. I plan to continue to do this year ’round.
- I will keep candy bars in my purse with a kind note that I can hand out to random folks I come in contact with throughout my days…the cashier in the store, a police officer I see, a receptionist in the doctor’s office, the crossing guard at school and the harried sheriff’s deputy who manages the traffic around my son’s high school.
- I have made up very simple tags, that you are free to use, that I will attach to whatever I give.
- I do think I need to purchase as opposed to giving homemade goodies…the whole food allergy thing.
I invite you to join me next week…and longer if you wish. And I’d love for you to share the ways you will ‘be the good’…we can all more suggestions.
You know when you are wrapping Christmas presents and you are so excited to give your gift? That’s how I felt when I was tagging all my treats. If you are in a bit of a slump, I can pretty much guarantee that this will help you get out of your slump.
I am so excited to start gifting my little treats!
I hope you will join me in sharing a little kindness and I’d love to hear what you do and what were the reactions of the people you gifted. Share this post with some of your friends who might want to join us!