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Guest column: A Life’s Resolution

In a world of hate, chaos, and self-indulgence appears a simple but effective human act. It wears many guises. Most of the time, it comes at no monetary cost: easy to do, takes only a few seconds, and requires little physical effort (sometimes). However, the positive rewards extend far beyond the initial contact.

Apart from that, we cannot measure the ripple effects it has on others; but one can assume it does. What I am talking about is a simple, eight-letter word: kindness.

You see, whenever I personally engage in some act of kindness to or for others, it gives me such a warm feeling of contentment coupled with happiness. The reason for this is that in my heart, it was the right thing to do. The following are a few personal illustrations of this.

For example, friend of mine, Ron Tass found kindness extended to him recently. When his family was visiting during Thanksgiving, they were staying at a local motel. The motel management allowed the entire extended family to use the pool. This simple act created wonderful memories and thankfulness for everyone involved.

Another example of kindness occurred last year when another friend Gary Pisoni shoveled off the roof of Kevin McDonald’s camp, because Kevin lives out of the area. This act greatly reduced Kevin’s anxiety and worry.

Kindness can be extended by a smile, holding a door open, greeting others, letting another person go ahead of you in a line, et cetera. I am sure all of you have a plethora of ideas.

So, as our New Year begins, why not, in a concerted effort, place extending kindness to others at the top of your priorities for 2020 and beyond. It will not only make a difference in others, but in you as well. He would want you to do this.

God bless all of you and have a blessed New Year!

Daniel J. Paul is a retired school administrator. His articles focus on education, old-fashioned family values, relationships, and other topics. Go to his website at meaningfuldifferences.net.

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