Words of kindness are always good because they add value or encouragement to someone’s day. I hadn’t thought about what they could actually take away though.
When something is done that is hateful or cruel, it can have far greater consequences than what one ever imagines; even death. Conversely, when something is done that is kind and compassionate, it can bring life; even save life.
My mother was an English teacher for several years. One day in one of her classes she began a discussion on bullying. This was actually well before bullying became a major topic, but my mom had experienced some bullying in her own life and didn’t want to see her students go through the same thing.
In the discussion she decided to open up and use a real life example. She told the class about how she was a little chubbier when she was in junior high and she had very little friends. Virtually the entire class picked on her.
One day she came back into class from recess and found a note on her desk.
It read in bold letters “These people hate you” and around the letters every single student in the classroom signed their name.
Of course, this devastated my mom and she never got over it. She even choked up a little bit while relaying the story to her students.
Well. Apparently the students were listening and took heart to the situation.
The next morning my mom came to school and found on her desk a letter with big bold letters “These people love you” and everyone in class had signed it.
I have rarely seen my mom happier. It may not have reversed the damage done by bullying her as a kid, but it was therapeutic for sure.
I thought it was incredibly thoughtful and kind for a high-schooler to even think of doing that. I wasn’t in that actual class but I found out who took the initiative to write up the letter and get everyone to sign it. He was a great guy and a very popular kid in the school. He later went to West Point.
Shared from Kindness Blog: Mrsparkuhlah