Paris: Opportunity and Kindness

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It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this post to express my deep sadness at the November 13th terrorist attacks on the people of Paris. The ripple effect of grief at the loss of a loved one is magnified by the powerlessness felt by family, friends, and shared worldwide during such a tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends, and the people of France during this difficult time.

As I struggle to understand something that seems so senseless to me, I wonder what I can do to help restore hope and possibly lighten the burden of grief weighing on all of us. The only answer that comes to me–do what I can in my small corner of the world to spread kindness, acceptance, and love to those around me.

I have always believed in navigating my daily life with the intention of displaying simple acts of kindness to brighten someone else’s day whenever an opportunity presents itself. Whether it is a smile at a stranger in a mall, a conversation with an elderly person in a grocery store who appears to be lonely, or listening to a neighbour who is having a rough day, such a simple act can truly make a difference.

There are countless ways that we can brighten someone’s day, to spread a little love and joy to our fellow human beings. Instead of focusing on separation and differences, let’s work at creating connections and finding similarities. When we boost someone else’s level of joy and happiness through a simple act of kindness we also boost our own. Everybody wins, everybody feels a little better. During tragic times of sadness we need all the help we can get to feel a little better. Let’s open our eyes and our minds to really “see” the people we encounter in our everyday lives and take whatever opportunity we can to make someone else’s day a little easier; a little more joyful.

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