Looking forward to 2013
Out of My Mind
Monday, December 31, 2012 4:22 AM
The clock is ticking louder and louder as the last hours of 2012 pass us by. I am resisting the urge to look back on this past year and reminisce about what I did right and what I wish I could have changed. Instead, I am looking forward to 2013 and making a plan to spread kindness throughout the year.
Since the shootings in Newtown, Conn., many people throughout the world have been doing random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims. Those acts, which I have heard about locally, have ranged from sticking a $100 bill into a Christmas card and giving it to a stranger to taping four quarters onto a jukebox with a note saying, "Enjoy some music and share the joy of the holiday."
Ann Curry of NBC may have sparked the movement and encouraged people to reach out in kindness in a time of tragedy, but our nation has embraced it. If one goes onto Twitter and searches for #26Actsofkindess, there are pages and pages of examples of how people are spreading kindness.
As I watched an update on the NBC News on Christmas Day, I was brought to tears by one of the stories. It was simple, but the impact was huge. Evil will never take over our world as long as the kindness and love we share is so great.
So, as I look forward to 2013, I am promising myself that I will complete a random and anonymous act of kindness for each week in 2013. The first 26 will honor those who died in Connecticut, because that movement is what has inspired me in the first place. The rest will be done in honor of someone I admire in my own life or in memory of someone I've loved and lost.
The best thing about this resolution - though I hesitate to call it that - is that it will continue my own personal goal to live a positive life and let the negative aspects of the past remain there. Focusing on the future and what I can do is much better than looking back and trying to figure out how I could have done things differently when it's too late to change anything.
Sadly, we've all experienced tragic news in the past few months. Many have suffered from the hands of bad people, but let's look forward and show those who hurt others that the good are much stronger and have the greatest impact.
It's really all based upon the theory of "paying it forward," the subject of one of my favorite movies. When we, ourselves, experience a kindness, it motivates us to be kind to another person in our lives.
And, as Ann Curry explained, the benefits of these random acts of kindness are not limited to those we give to, but will make our own lives better.
"I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good," she said. "It's the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of a tragedy like this is to do something good with it if you can. Be a part of that wave."
I hope you will join me and continue to spread kindness throughout our world. It will make for a very happy 2013!