What’s the Situation
When I went to bed Tuesday night, I was stunned. I was upset. I was disappointed. I was afraid. For myself. For my family. For my friends. For my country.
This Presidential Election has been full of hateful rhetoric. Towards minorities. Towards LGBTQ individuals. Towards marginalized communities in general. There was never a question that we would have a tough road ahead, regardless of who won, to heal these deep fractures.
And yet, I’ll be honest. I had hoped that a Clinton Presidency would allow me to go on with my life, just the way I had before. I had hoped I could do my small part and then go back to work.
A part of me always knew that was naïve. That there were deeper issues at play here. That we couldn’t just sweep this under the rug and move on.
No. This election was different. Too many people have been left out. Too many people are still left out. And now we’re left staring at the elephant in the room. Hate and fear threaten to replace hope and change. Sexism and racism threaten to become more prevalent. And the progress for marginalized communities may soon be lost.
But when I woke up Wednesday morning – early because I had a flight to catch – my first waking thought was “well, it’s up to us now.” We have to embrace one another. We have to support one another. We have to be kind to one another.
Regardless of where you fall politically, whom you voted for on Tuesday, or whether or not the future for you now seems more bleak, we can all agree that our world could use a little more kindness.
So today, I commit to Acts of Kindness.
What’s the Solution
Acts of Kindness don’t have to be grand. You certainly can work to build a better community by volunteering, donating time and money to a good cause. But, I firmly believe that Kindness in general starts not with the big gestures, but with little actions. And today, there are a lot of fearful people who could use a little of your kindness. Some ideas:
- Tell your LGBTQ, minority, marginalized friends that you love and care about them
- Listen, truly listen to their fears and concerns
- Call your parents and tell them that you love them
- Text your friends and tell them that you love them
- Smile; at everyone
These are simple things. Anyone can do them. It costs you nothing. It can mean everything.
What’s the Impact
One of the great things about living your Convictions, is that you get to do good in the world and benefit while doing it! By committing to Acts of Kindness, I get a significant boost to my Spiritual Energy through my Convictions, Values, and Goals. Specifically:
- Convictions – Acts of Kindness allow me to live my Convictions, my desire to see a better world for all. This is a boost to my Spiritual Energy.
- Values – One of the things that truly matters to me is contributing to a better world. Acts of Kindness helps me put that Value into action, which is a boost to Spiritual Energy.
- Goals – One of my Goals is to provide opportunities for others. Acts of Kindness help contribute to a world of opportunity. As this is a small step in achieving that Goal, this is a boost to Spiritual Energy.
Acts of Kindness are simple. They are valuable. And they are something we can all get behind. I am committing to Acts of Kindness. Will you join me?
See you at the finish line.
-The Jack of Spades