Friday 15th March 2019 has become a sad date in our history.
Christchurch in New Zealand has already been rocked by the impact of two deadly earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. And now they are enduring the aftermath of most deadly shooting in their nation’s history.
We would like to take a moment to remember and honour those people who lost their lives on Friday.
We would like to take a moment to send our thoughts and love to those families left behind to deal with this great loss.
Instead of focusing on the person accused of this act, who in the words of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “has no place here”, we would like to evoke a wave of kindness in memory of these victims.
Heroes and Loved ones
- Men such as Naeem Rashid who tried to tackle the gunman.
- Fathers such as Zulfirman Syah who shielded his son
- Wives such as Ara Parvin who jumped in front of her wheelchair bound husband.
- Mothers like Karam Bibi who died alongside her husband and son.
- Children like three-year-old Muca Abdi who loved to smile.
If you want to know more about the 50 people, here is a list of the names, faces and stories we should be remembering today.
In their memory, along with the others lost their lives, we would like you to share 50 Acts of Kindness.
50 Acts of Kindness
These don’t have to be big gestures, expensive or time consuming. It’s about sharing the love and kindness in the little things in life. Acts can be things like
- Holding the door open for the next person with a smile.
- Thanking the person who just held the door open for you with a smile.
- Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
- If a parent looks like they are having a tough time, remind them they are doing a good job.
- Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
- Buy some extra groceries such as canned goods and donate them to your nearest shelter or charity. Many shops such as Coles and Woolworths have donations bins right outside their shops.
Kindness in the workplace
If you are at work, spread the kindness there too by
- Checking in on co-workers to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed or over stretched with their workload and if they are work out how you might be able to support them, even if it’s as simple as taking them out for a 15-minute walk to get some fresh air and something to eat.
- Tell someone how impressed you are about the work they have been doing on a recent project or how well run a recent event was. Can’t say it to their face? Write an email to them, copying in their boss.
- If you work in a co-sharing office space and notice the coffee is a bit low, pop out and buy a new jar so someone else doesn’t have to deal with the 3pm energy slump without their caffeine support.
- Maybe you could offer support or fresh ideas to a different department or a fellow local small business. Be brave and say something! Your ideas might be just want the recipient needs to move forward with a new project or open up a new collaboration. Or just your act of support might be enough to keep them going through a rough time.
If you have children or younger family members, get them in on the Acts of Kindness too in all sorts of fun ways
- Have a clean-up party at a beach or park.
- Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
- Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighbourhood, office, school, etc.
- Have fun painting rocks with funny pictures and then leave them around your local parks for other children to find.
- Teach your children to be accepting of other people’s differences. These differences may set us apart from each other but ultimately, they will raise us up and make us stronger together.
Here is a list for further inspiration for your own 50 Acts of Kindness.
We respectfully ask that as your first Act of Kindness is to share this blog post so that more people can remember and honour the 50 people and their families. Also sharing this blog post means that this wave of kindness can be spread as far as possible.
Please comment on this blog post or on our FaceBook Page what else you have done as part of your 50 Acts of Kindness or any other acts of kindness you have experienced lately.
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