I'm trying something new. Every two weeks I want to dedicate a post to cover different acts of kindness happening across the country. This will help promote the positive things people are doing on a daily basis. So with that being said, let's hit it!
Baltimore, for good reason, received major media coverage over the past few months. Michael Tabrizi, owner of Tabrizi's Restaurant, wanted to do something to change the recent stigma surrounding the city. From the Baltimore Magazine: "I decided that, after all of the chaos earlier this year, it would be better to do something for the city to unite the people.” So with that in mind he decided to create his own "Homeless Restaurant Week" from July 20-25. “These people don’t only suffer from hunger, but also from hopelessness, they feel that they don’t have any dignity anymore,” Tabrizi told Baltimore Magazine. “We want them to come in and feel like they’re cared for.” It's comforting to see someone in Tabrizi's position recognize that people in his community need help, and by letting those individuals know that they are cared for, he is making a difference. Bon appétit!
Isabelle Stark was tired of getting picked on for having big ears (I feel your pain, Isabelle!) Stark told People magazine: "Kids called me 'Dumbo,' or said that I looked like a mouse," recalls the Park City, Utah, girl, now 18. "They'd even walk up to me and pull on my ears. I tried to brush it off, but almost every day, I went home and cried. For my entire life, my only wish was to have normal-sized ears." This is where Steven Mobley, a local plastic surgeon in Park City, Utah, stepped in and did something to change Isabelle's life. From People magazine: On June 19, Mobley pinned Isabelle's ears back at no cost through his Mobley Foundation, a charity started in 2008 that provides otoplasty surgery (ear-pinning) to low-income school-aged children who are victims of bullying. "I know what it's like to be bullied about something you can't control," says Mobley, 45, who wore a long Luke Skywalker-inspired haircut in high school in an attempt to hide his ears. Mobley empathizes with his patients and it is admirable for him to dedicate his life to making sure other children do not go through what he did as a youngster.
Tamara Letter, who runs her own kindness blog, engaged in random acts of kindness during the recent ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference. She passed out free candy (Nerds was her candy of choice, naturally, since it was a technology conference) as well as random compliments. The other act of kindness that I found extremely practical and thoughtful was how Letter carried around a power strip. In a conference overflowing with technology, she used the power strip to not only help individuals juice up their devices, but also as a way to meet new people. Her blog is full of ideas on how to engage in small acts of kindness to make the world a better place; I highly recommend checking it out!
"The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life." William Wordsworth