Kindness Matters!

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking about Kindness and the impact it has had on me to a group of 60 Student Council Highschool students. It was so much fun. Thanks to Laura Willman Moore
for the opportunity. Laura is amazing at what she does for these kids and I’m thankful to know her and be her friend. Thanks to New Life Washington for opening your doors to this amazing group of kids who are making a huge impact in our community.
Below is what I spoke about…
Kindness Matters!
Ellie started kindergarten this year and let me tell you it is the epitome of drama. She recently got in the car at pick up and immediately started in.
She said that a kid at school said “I don’t care” when she shared with him that she was going to see a movie after school. Before I could respond she continued that the same friend left his blue play dough at the play dough center and when he came back it had yellow mixed in and he accused her but she was adamant that she did not squish two colors of play dough together. Still, he told the entire class that she is a “play dough squisher!” To end she told me that this same boy does not act excited about the same things she gets excited about. Oh yes and we can’t forget that the glitter girls club that she is in broke up because all the girls want to be bossy. I said “sorry about the glitter girls and to be honest that boy sounds like a little he is having a bad day!”
To which she responded “Yeah but I’ll just kill him with kindness!”
I guess it’s pretty clear to all of us that there will always be individuals in our life who we have to kill with kindness. Am I right?
One morning I showed up to math class in junior high and my teacher Mrs, Chaung had invited a past student to come speak to us.
He had come to encourage us to stay in school and follow our dreams. He took time to ask each of us what we wanted to do when we grew up. One of the things I mentioned was that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I had a dream of being a published author. Shane was so kind to write each of us a note telling us that he believes we can do whatever we set our mind to. This encouraging note came the morning after I was sexually abused. It was one of the kindest things anyone had ever done for me and it changed my entire life.
This kindness Shane demonstrated is part of the reason that today, 20 years later I am a published Children’s book author. I believe Shane’s kindness at the worst time in my life played a huge role in who I am today.
Each day we have the opportunity to show kindness. We have to have the opportunity to be a Shane in someone’s life.
Kindness doesn’t mean you like the person who receives your kindness. It doesn’t mean you even know them. Kindness simply means you are choosing to leave a positive impact on every life you encounter and not a negative.
Shane made such a small gesture. He had no idea what I had gone through the night before. He chose to show kindness to someone who he didn’t know before class and had no intention of seeing again. But his small gesture changed my entire life. His small gesture gave me hope that not all guys are bad. His small gesture told me I was still worthy to have dreams and ambitions.
We have the opportunity to be a small gesture of kindness everyday. It’s a choice. Some days it is easy to be kind. Other days it is not. But kindness is always a choice.
Never take your kindness shirt off. Allow kindness to follow you everywhere you go and every person you encounter. You never know whose life you will change or whose dream you will help grow.
How has kindness changed your life?

Author: helenarayos2014

Howdy! I am passionate about sharing simple God lessons through everyday real life events in my daily life. I’ve been writing since I was 11. What started off as a way to escape or cope with the uncertainty of life, has turned into a calling. I do believe that God has called me to share what He has placed on my heart with all of you! I recently published a children’s book The Chicks Save Easter. You can find it on amazon. I pray God finds you where you are and you allow Him to take you where He has called you to love and serve Him.

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