One of my goals after hanging up my reporter’s hat was to get more involved in the community.
But, I’m still getting my feet wet in my new career, so I’ve not done much other than press the “Like” button on a new community Facebook page calling on residents to share random acts of kindness. It was inspired by NBC News personality Ann Curry’s call for kindness after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
While I committed a couple random acts of kindness over the holiday season, I confess I’ve not done much since the New Year.
And I hadn’t really thought much about that until I read this.
This is a blog entry from Sandie Heckman who works in the Stephens College mail room. She started committing random acts of kindness well before Curry or Columbia or I needed a reason.
Read about her experiences for yourself, but Sandie writes about the positive impact a person can have by simply saying “thank you” or leaving an anonymous note for someone going about their business.
After weeks of committing small acts of kindness, Sandie writes:
Then something miraculous started to transpire. I became a happier person. My heart became filled with joy, each time I left a card for some unsuspecting soul. I noticed that everyone around me became happier too. People were friendlier to each other. They all seemed as if they were enjoying their jobs more. Could one simple act change an entire campus into a more work friendly place to be?
Stephens is, indeed, a happy and friendly place to work. Thanks, Sandie, for helping create this wonderful community and inspiring all of us to spread a little kindness.