Kindness is the Key

Lindsey - Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Entered on September 19, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: golden rule

Have you ever saw someone in need and helped them out? Have you ever just had the worst day of your life and someone did a random act of kindness and made your whole day? Kindness is a simple deed that is much appreciated. I believe that everyone should be kind to others, especially when someone is in need of help.

There are many organizations to help the major problems in the world right now. The Iraq war has been going on for many years now, and I’ve become used to hearing that a soldier has been killed. Some programs ask people to donate things for the troops or their families. The Extreme Makeover Home Edition is another large project that people can get involved in to help others. People that don’t even know the family in need come in and make a brand new house for this family in need just so that they can live a good life. The people don’t have to volunteer, but they feel that it is the right thing to do. Wouldn’t it feel great to come from living with nothing, to going on a paid vacation for a week, and then coming back to the house of your dreams? Some believe that they can’t do something like this because it is a big time thing.

I believe in the golden rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” If there is something that would make someone mad, don’t do it because the favor will come right back. I know sometimes it might be hard not to tell someone to just go away, but the kindness kicks in and what that person is doing is dealt with. I work with an autistic kid, we will call him John. We work at a doctor’s office. Autism causes a person to lose social skills but they are very intelligent if communication can be made correctly. John has to do tasks in a certain order. If for some reason he can’t do something, he gets very upset and can’t go on until he has completed the whole task. He also sings and talks to himself. He has a large stature and tends to stomp around the office. He is very distracting and sometimes I just want to tell him what he is doing because I know that he doesn’t realize it. To him, what he does is normal. When someone says something to him, they have to be very careful in what they say because he is very sensitive to it. People must use their kindness when they talk to him because it isn’t his fault he has a mental illness so we can’t get after him for it. He can’t really help what he does. Sometimes it is really hard to not be mean to him but I have to be nice because he doesn’t know any better.

There are also small deeds that can still make a person’s day. Opening a door for someone who has their hands full, or complimenting how they look or how they handled something. Sometimes just introducing yourself and having a little conversation is nice. Asking how someone is, is any easy way to make someone feel better. Small deeds can go a long way.

Kindness shows respect of a good person. No matter how busy someone is with their own life, they can find a second to help someone out. Kindness is a small task and isn’t hard to do. I believe that everyone can be kind to each other and everyone deserves to be respected.