I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives. ~Tracy Chapman
"Where is the kindness in my life?" one 8th grade girl asked during a class discussion about being kind. I can still see her anguished face as she quietly brought forth her question. I probably said some "teacherly" thing in response, but this girl touched my heart, and I vowed to work to create an atmosphere that fostered kindness among students. Those 8th graders got it.
Kind acts don't have to be huge. Small kindnesses qualify. Allowing someone to go first, holding a door, waiting or listening patiently, picking up something that was dropped, giving up a seat, saying a few kind words – these sorts of small gestures may touch another’s soul. We may never know, but an act that we view as a tiny thing could leave a big impression.
Each night, millions of people in the world go to bed hungry. Millions more go to bed hungry for a kind word. The kindness is inside all of us. We just have to unleash it on the world.