The Rebirth of Kindness

Every now and then someone does something outstanding that gives us hope that there is still goodness in the world. Many people do very kind things that do not make the news. Gandhi said, “The pure love of one soul can offset the hatred of millions.” Jewish theologian Martin Buber echoed, “When I was young, I admired people who were clever. Now that I am old, I admire people who are kind.”

This month I would like to highlight several unusual acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity that have inspired me. When an ordinary person does something extraordinary, it breaks the agreement that we must hide or live protectively, and it raises the bar for all of us. Please watch these short videos for a healthy dose of upliftment and knowing that there are enough good people to keep the light of kindness shining.

A distraught mother walked into a Dallas jewelry store and pleaded with the Muslim jeweler to buy a family heirloom ring she needed to sell to take care of her family. Watch what he did:

During World War II, Nicholas Winton saved 669 children from the Nazi holocaust, and kept his act a secret—until his wife found his diary 50 years later. This is what happened next:

When comedian Haha Davis observed a widow at a gas pump trying unsuccessfully to pay for gas with pennies, he and a friend stepped in to show her they cared:

There are good people out there who want to help. You are one of them. Let us celebrate the light where we find it, that it may shine more brightly for us and those we touch.

 

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