Tensions have been running high lately. I think that no matter what side of the aisle your political views fall on, we can all agree on that. Scrolling through my social media feeds has become something that I almost feel like I need to steel myself for. Friends, family members, and complete strangers are at each other’s throats, flinging insults as freely as if they were Mardi Gras beads.
This is not OK.
While I feel very strongly about my political convictions, I refuse to engage in name calling and messages of hate (does anyone actually think that will change someone’s mind?). What we seem to be forgetting is that we’re stronger when we’re united—not when everything is “us” versus “them.”
I won’t pretend I know the answer on how we can get there. But I do know that the anxiety I feel over almost every new headline is very real. I also know that all of this tension can’t help but rub off on our kids. And when my kids are effected, the Mama Bear comes out in full force. Something must be done.
My solution: A Westchester Random Acts of Kindness Challenge
The single best way to diffuse a tense situation is by being kind. I don’t care what situation we’re talking about. Kindness can change everything. And if we take a great big group of people and pledge to sprinkle a little kindness wherever we go? Nothing but good can come of it. You’ll feel good. Your kids will feel good. The community will feel good.
So here’s what we’re going to do.
I challenge you and your family to commit a Random Act of Kindness as often as possible throughout the month of February.
Include a kindness tag (you can sign up for a free printable—more info on that below) with as many of the acts as possible to encourage others to spread kindness as well. Then, take a photo and post it on social media using the tag #WwKBeKind to spread the love and inspire others.
There’s even a prize!
One lucky winner will receive two family passes to the Westchester Children’s Museum! Each pass will allow up to four visitors entry into the museum. Passes may only be used once and will be collected at time of entry.
If you’ve never visited the museum before, you should definitely check out my post on our first experience there!
A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month (entries will be numbered by time and date posted and a number will be chosen via random.org). If your social media accounts are not set to public, you can send me a screenshot of your post at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If enough people participate, we’ll make this a monthly thing. For now, let’s get started with February!
Need some inspiration? Sign up for my free Random Acts of Kindness kit!
I’ve put together a free printable kit to get you started. It includes: an ideas list with enough inspiration to commit a Random Act of Kindness every single day in February, free printable tags to leave behind like a kindness ninja, and a little resource list pertaining to the ideas list with local organizations and some inspiration.