My past two blog articles (see Part I here and Part II here) focused on the lack of civility with questions for each of us to ponder. They were deep questions that required reflection and responsive action. I’ll repeat them again:
- In what ways do I treat others that reflects my acts of love in likeness to God?
- What are you doing in your everyday life to weave a tapestry of civility and love to unify the world by transforming hate into love and disrespect into deference and acceptance?
This week, I will challenge you to walk with civility and kindness. What do I mean by this?
Years ago there were two positive waves that swept through our country. Do you remember “Random Acts of Kindness” and “Pay It Forward?” They were simple and uncomplicated and brought such joy to people. All that was required was a giving heart with a positive intention.
I remember someone paying my toll at the toll booth on Rte. 895 in Baltimore. I sped up to align my car next to theirs on the highway and gave a big honk and wave of thanks. The positive energy was incredible. It encouraged me to ‘pay it forward,’ and do it for someone else.
There are so many simple ways to walk hand in hand with civility and kindness. It requires an awareness of our intention for wanting to do so. To look the other in the eyes without judgement and to be open to what we see with loving curiosity. It is the small things we do in our every day lives that lead to change and holding together that tapestry of loving respect.
You may want to pick up the book, Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press for ideas and also look up the movie, “Pay It Forward,” to get your heart in gear to start your journey of walking hand in hand with civility and kindness. It’s a great way to end 2023 and start 2024!