Celebrating the Kindness of Strangers

08/07/2012

Today I am continuing my theme about the kindness of strangers. Here is a sweet video with a lovely song (scroll down for lyrics I wrote out for us to enjoy). This beautifully demonstrates the many simple, common, yet inspirational reasons to have hope. There are so many good people in the world! Let’s choose to focus on that fact, and let’s each decide to BE one of those people as well, as often as we can.
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Simple Acts of Kindness – A montage with five stories of kindness (each less than 1 minute!) to an uplifting song. In the time it takes to listen to a song, I encourage you to watch this and be inspired! 4:24 mins.

A SIMPLE ACT (Lyrics to the the song in this video)

A simple act of kindness found me
A simple act of kindness saved me
A simple act of kindness brought me home

Well I don’t know if you could see
there was a soul inside of me
If not for the kindness of a friend
Well maybe now you couldn’t tell
but I’d be just an empty shell
If not for the kindness of a friend
I know how dark a human heart can be out there
I was so far gone I thought that no one ever could see me

Chorus
I would be a lost and broken man
If it weren’t for the reaching of a hand
I’d be on that dark and lonely road
A simple act of kindness brought me home

It wasn’t all that long ago
I would have thrown away my soul
If not for the kindness of a friend
But now and then, I feel the sting
of almost losing everything
If not for the kindness of a friend
I know how dark a human heart can be out there
But now I know compassion was the only thing I could figure.

Chorus
I would be a lost and broken man
If it weren’t for the reaching of a hand
I’d be on that dark and lonely road
A simple act of kindness brought me home

And now I’m glad I’m here and that I’m free
To pass along what someone gave to me.
A simple act of kindness found me,
A simple act of kindness saved me.

millions of heartsSo now that’s we’re feeling inspired about how small acts of kindness can make a big difference, what things can we do? Perhaps put a small, inspiring poster on a corner post, or maybe write an uplifting quote using children’s chalk on a public sidewalk? Maybe give a little extra to that musician busking on the corner, filling the area with beautiful music? Or maybe even deciding to give our recently-purchased muffin to the quiet homeless man in that doorway? Even a smile and a ‘Hello’ to a lonely senior can brighten their day more than we realize. What random act of kindness will you do next?

33 responses to Celebrating the Kindness of Strangers

  1. 

    Great share!
    enjoyed the video 🙂

  2. 

    I read this article about small acts of kindness and thought of you: http://alovelybeing.com/journal/on-acts-of-kindness.html

    • 

      Thank you my dear friend, this article is amazing! I shall sign up and comment because she indeed appears to be a kindred spirit, as you are. Those tips she shares are excellent down-to-earth ideas of little things we can do. I am so thankful for your share of this link and encourage readers to check it out as well. I’ll likely work it in to a future post! Thank you again Sameer.
      Hugs, Gina

  3. 

    It’s little acts like these that become the loving glue in our communities. Great video Thank you.

  4. 

    this makes us sparkle with appreciation for us all being equipped with the kindness gene,thanks for the beautiful reminder.

    • 

      Oh how our loving community of bloggers are such great writers, as YOU all with your ‘sparkles of appreciation’ for the fact that we share the ‘kindness gene’. I love it! So glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much.

      • 

        We share a community who regenerate our selves by experiencing our personal powerful engagement with our darkest struggles only to re-emerge and recover the truth. We all come the deep well of peace….that’s our true nature. Living from the place we imagine. Joy and peace. We are always thrilled to read your posts. A voice dedicated to unlocking the truth in whatever medium. Your voice is free. Thank you mwah xxx

  5. 

    This is wonderful. I find that I have thought about ‘acts of kindness’ more because of the blog, Linda

    • 

      Your wonderful comment here makes my heart shine brighter! Yesterday waiting outdoors of a very busy restaurant, I began conversing with a lovely senior couple and before long we were discussing how blessed we all are, and I’m not even sure how that happened! I do know we all really touched each others’ hearts. And it only took a few moments, instead of standing there in silence. Hugs to you Linda, Gina

  6. 

    Hi, Gina. My Trigeminal Neuralgia came back last night and the pain has been intensifying. Your post helped to brighten my day in a big way. Thank you, kind lady and dear friend!
    Russ

  7. 

    What a beautiful post, Gina. I love the song. I had not heard it before. It is wonderfully enhanced by the video. I am going to repost it at JanBeek. It so perfectly sums up my theme: Love One Another! Thank you so much for including the words to the song. Seeing them written out allows us extra reflection time on this wonderfully poignant message. Bless You, dear Gina!
    JanBeek

    • 

      Hello dear Jan, What a wonderful comment! Yes that song moves me to tears, every time. I adore this video ~ so well made, and the song is the perfect crowning touch. I am delighted you will repost it to your inspiring blog! Let’s share this poignant message and help move us all to action (even small actions!) 🙂
      Love and hugs, Gina

  8. 

    I cried watching the video!!! Thanks Gina!!

  9. 

    This is one of my favourite things about city life – it can surprise you how many little acts of kindness there are each day! 🙂 Great post.

  10. 

    “Small actions” Those are the kind that Mother Teresa said can change the world if done with great love. A little world-changing could be a great thing right now–especially the kind done with great love.

    I beleive that you are having a positive impact on the world, Gina. And I KNOW that you are having a positive impact on mine!

    Thank you, dear friend!

    Russ

    • 

      Small actions are the kind that are easy to do, for any and all of us. That’s worth celebrating. Like your blog, dear friend, your down-to-earth sharings and stories touch the lives of so many and warm our hearts. I am so thankful that we are both a part of this loving blogging family. Thank you Russ!
      Hugs, Gina

  11. 

    Woman – your posts are always making me cry! I need to remove all makeup before watching or reading anything on your site. ;). Love to you honey. 🙂 Joanna

    • 

      Thank you for the great laugh you just gave me (as you often do! and I appreciate it always!)
      I lovingly thank you for your visit and sweet comment, so much, every time. Blessings, Gina 😀

  12. 

    Simple Act-Greg Ferguson – Willow Creek Association. I think this is it Gina.

  13. 

    I’m not sure who the performer is, but here is info on the song and author:
    https://us.songselect.com/songs/4826660/a-simple-act