Yesterday was National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
A lot of stories I’ve read are about the problems between characters who aren’t being kind to each other. That’s where the tension comes in. But this month, after hosting a two-week Countdown to Valentine’s event, my mind has been on things that show kindness.
I suppose Valentines brings that out of us sometimes, right?
When I’d come up with the countdown idea, I wanted to do more than just award prizes, or try to get people to read our books. I’d asked the authors participating to come up with some bit of wisdom about love, giving, relationships, stuff like that. And boy, was I amazed at what they all came up with. Gift ideas. Cooking for two recipes. Loving yourself and others. (There’s still time to look over the author’s post, though most gifts/prizes have been awarded by now)
And at the end, I was left with a sense of satisfaction that we’d pulled off something that encouraged kindness and good feelings, especially in a world that’s leaning toward being overly negative and pessimistic.
Did we sell a lot of books? I don’t know. But I believe that sowing good seeds will reap a good harvest. So time will tell, right?
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain
While trying to find something to write about this month, I found out that Random Acts of Kindness has a special day in February. Go figure. This is the month of love, isn’t it?
And although I know what makes for interesting stories is characters who aren’t always very kind or good to start out with, Don’t we hope that they will find their goodness within, by the end?
However, I do enjoy dropping in that one character, or two, that lives and breaths kindness. I’ve seen them in classics, like Melanie in Gone with the Wind. Who couldn’t love sweet, understanding and patient Melanie? Or what about Beth in Little Women? She tries so hard to help people less fortunate than her, even while her own family struggles to make ends meet in a difficult time in history. (I know both of them died but wasn’t it their death that was the crux of the main character coming to terms with what they needed to change?)
Kindness leaves a lasting fragrance behind, I believe.
There are so many more characters that fit this description, isn’t here? Help me out, if you know of a few. Name them in the comments and tell me how they might have influenced you when you read about them.
One person will be picked from today’s comments to win one ebook of your choice from my published library. (I have over 20 titles now – WOW!) Ha! You can see all my books on my Amazon Author page. If I pick you, let me know which one you’d like to read and it’s yours. (ebook versions only) I’ll return tomorrow morning (2/19) to pick a winner.
Blessings to you all. Be Kind to One Another