We need to be the change that’s needed, one act of kindness at a time.

We need to be the change that’s needed, one act of kindness at a time. It’s time to believe in the goodness of humanity again.

I was walking across the parking lot from a large pet store. An older woman came out with a small dog in her arms. The dog jumped out of her arms and took off running across the street. There were a couple of teenagers driving by. The kids slammed on the brakes to avoid the animal. They proceeded to get out of the car to chase the dog on foot. They left the car running! The little dog ran into a wooded area. I made my way towards the woman who was beside herself with worry. Neither the woman or I were in any shape to run. As I tried to console her, the kids came back without the dog. They apologized for being unable to catch the little beast. The kids got back in their car and parked in the lot nearby. We all fanned out searching, calling the dog. It was quite the scene. The dog was found. The woman was grateful to have her beloved pooch back and there were ‘thank you’s’ all around. We all went our separate ways without even exchanging names.

It made my heart feel light that these kids stopped to help. They were fast and leaped in to help without a second thought. It gave me hope for a better world. I didn’t know the teenagers but I was proud of them.

Everyone is going through something. We all have problems or struggles to deal with. Somehow our society has lost the sanctity of community and looking out for your fellow man (or woman). I don’t care about color, creed or political affiliation. Take part in your surroundings, participate whether it’s big or small. Be the change that’s needed in our society. It’s time to slow down, take time to appreciate the little things in life. Most of all live in the present.

Communicate with your fellow man.
Do good deeds.
Have integrity.
Be kind.

I have a favorite quote from the famous ‘yes Virginia’ letter in the Sun newspaper.

“He exists as certainly as love and generosity and
devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and
joy. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance
to make tolerable this existence.”

It’s time to focus on doing what is right. Everyone has something to offer humanity, no matter age, gender, or affiliations.

Sometimes just a kind word or smile can make a difference. Spread hope, kindness and love. What an amazing world we could create if we just tried to get along.. We need to be the change that’s needed, one act of kindness at a time.

Michele Palermo
Michele is a retired registered nurse who spent 15 years in Emergency Medicine. That's where she learned there's a fragility to life. Diagnosed with lupus after going through a divorce has taught her to be a survivor instead of a victim. With her career shortened by illness she turned to books. She fell in love with the written word as a young child. To her, words convey emotion. Her new passion is writing. As an aspiring author, she hopes to inspire others on this roller coaster called life.

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