By Sarah Harr
Kindness, a virtue so often overlooked, makes the world go round. Kindness, the opposite of hatred and hostility, is defined as being “friendly, generous, and considerate.” But does kindness go further than that?
Harold Kushner best summed it up in a simple phrase: “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”
Kindness. It’s letting others go before you when it’s rush hour. It’s empathizing with the sleep-starved mother with a screaming child in the car seat as well as the jerk who cut you off on Hwy 59. It’s erasing the blinding fog with your wiper blades in order to perceive other’s situations.
Kindness, like driving, does not come naturally to most. It takes effort to redirect a restricted, self-centered mindset and focus on the big picture, the winding road map that we all traverse in coalition.
But, it is possible, and it’s prominent among our high school students.
“Yesterday, I was taking down hurricane shudders,” said Cade Norwood, “and I saw an old lady across the street struggling with hers, so I helped her.”
“It was a couple of weeks ago, actually,” according to Cheyenne Underwood, “I had a freshmen ask me if I could help them find their way to class, so I gladly did.”
“A couple of days ago at work, this man came in and didn’t have enough money for his drink, so I paid for the rest of it,” said Hannah Bass.
Some shared stories of an act of kindness that affected them.
“I was ten, and my dad was taking my brother and I to see Cars 2,” started Jasmine Baker, “but he didn’t have enough for tickets. Then this man shows up out of nowhere and gives us money for tickets. We turned around to thank him, but he was gone.”
The action itself doesn’t have to be some grand endeavor to leave an imprint. As Aesop once said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”