Archive for Kindness

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Mr. Rogers)

Won't You Be My Neighbor?.png I recently saw this wonderful movie! It started out when Mr. Rogers talked about the musical term “modulation.” I was also struck by how the movie incorporated music throughout:

  • Mr. Rogers gave African American musicians an opportunity to perform so the world could see talent is diverse (and the color of our skin does not matter).
  • Over the years, Yo-Yo Ma was featured as a wonderful talent on the show. In the movie, Ma speaks about how Mr. Rogers impacted his life.
  • Mr. Rogers frequently sang on his show, especially to children. He used the music as a way to bring out feelings of empowerment.

Further, the movie is a sweet history of simpler times and values worth remembering, such as kindness, compassion, love and tenderness. It also speaks about community, unity through our diversity, and the importance that we’re all connected.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I’d highly recommend it!

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Kindness Needed Now

KindnessI recently went out to eat and saw the movie “La La Land” with a couple of my friends. Before sitting down in the theatre, we decided to use the rest room. When I walked out, I noticed a young couple and I overheard him giving his girlfriend “directions” how to get to the toilets. I asked, “Do you need help because I’m happy to guide you?” She said she was blind and would appreciate help. I helped her into the stall and asked if she’d like for me to wait so that she could get back to her boyfriend safely. She paused – I could tell she didn’t want to bother me – and then she sheepishly said, “Oh yes, please if you don’t mind!”

After she used the rest room, I helped her wash her hands and she thanked me profusely for assisting. I said, “It is such an important time to care for and help each other and most of all, be kind.” Her whole body responded, “YES!” As we re-connected with her boyfriend, I told her he was smiling ear-to-ear that she was happily returning to him!

It was really a beautiful interchange of kindness between us and one that certainly left an imprint on my heart.

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