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they were outside playing basketball. He didn’t see his brother for two years after that moment. This is when he decided to do something different in his life. He would not let a bunch of little moments lead him down the same path as his brother. If this young man wins his election in November, he will write history for his family and make a difference in his community. He sees this as an opportunity to show people that it doesn’t matter where you start — you should dictate where you finish. His hope is to inspire others who come before him to get their life on a different path. It might seem like something small, but this man thinks it can make a big difference, and I think so too.
POWER IN SMALL, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Oct. 26 is Make A Difference Day, which celebrates all the ways people give back to their communities. When I learned about this day, I thought about some of the ways I’ve given back to people. I’m on the board of directors for a few organizations that help people in poverty steadily become self-sufficient. My family and I help out at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving morning, and we, both at the office and at home, recycle bottles and boxes. But, when I think about really making a difference, I don’t think about community service. I think about all the little things, the random acts of kindness, and the small considerations that end up going a long way. You don’t need to watch the news for very long to see that people can do some pretty horrible things. But after every random act of violence, malice, or greed I learn about, I can’t help but wonder how many little bad things happened to the perpetrator previously to get them to the point of doing something awful. I also wonder if exchanging some of those bad moments, or even just one of them, for a time when someone showed them kindness would have changed everything. I don’t think anyone can know for sure, but showing kindness and empathy in little ways can have immense power in the world. A few months ago, I heard the story of a young man running for judge in his city. When he was 13, this man watched his brother get arrested while WHAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY MEANS TO ME
Sometimes it’s in the stressful and hopeless situations that small gestures of goodwill can mean the world. I knew a woman who used to work reception at the prosecutor’s office, and she would have people coming in frantic on a regular basis. Nevertheless, she would always calmly ask the same question to every one of them: “How can I help you today ?” It was that last word that meant the most. In the face of tragedy or chaos, it’s easy to think miles past what we can control instead of focusing on actions we can take right now. When you can get someone to focus on what they can do today, the problem still might not be easy — but it will be easier than it was before. I’m grateful for small, random acts of kindness and how they can turn less-than- ideal situations into opportunities to be thankful. A few months ago, I was at a business workshop in Boise, Idaho. The day’s activities ended late, and I found myself without a ride back to my hotel. Maybe I could have just used a ride- share app, but a woman named Rebecca, who worked for the company hosting the workshop, offered to give me a ride. She didn’t have to do that, but it was a big help that evening. I hope that in the future, I can pay that good deed forward.
When you perform a random act of kindness, it could start a chain reaction in your community and beyond. If you have ideas for ways to make a difference in
the lives of others but don’t know where to start, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org; I’d love to help you get started.
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