So today I watched the final How I Met Your Mother episode and without giving too much away, I must say how much I have really gotten to love the mother, Tracy. Although we only see her for a short amount of time in the season, she always shows kindness to those around her, no matter the circumstances. Although I understand this is a TV show and things don't always work the way they are portrayed, imagine if everyone you ran into would become a close friend, or maybe even someone you would end up marrying! Would you treat others around you differently? Would this even make a difference?
As I was mentioning in my post yesterday, one of my celebrity role models is Ellen Degeneres. At the end of every show, she finishes her interviews with "be kind to one another." I've mentioned before the impact a simple smile can have in today's society, but what if you take it a step further and every day try to be especially kind to someone. This could be a stranger, friend, colleague or family member. Do anything and everything you can for them in order to reach a certain outcome such as a smile or a laugh. If you were to do this everyday for a week, slowly it would become part of your everyday cycle and maybe after a certain amount of time it would become more and more natural.
Last semester I taught a course on male leadership and overcoming male stereotypes. One of my favorite days in this class, I gave my students a slip of laminated paper and told them their homework assignment was to perform a random act of kindness and then pass the card onto that person. The card explained the project and encouraged them to pass it on and not let the chain end with them. The students seemed to really enjoy this lecture and I was amazed by how quickly these notes got passed throughout the campus. Some students got notes back from strangers and my girlfriend at the time even received one of the notes a few weeks after the assignment. So the lesson of the day: look for kindness in the world or create it yourself. Pass that kindness onto as many people as you can. Don't let the chain of love end with you. Be kind to one another!