Random Acts of Kindness

First of all, I live under a rock. I do not have a TV in my apartment. I have a very selective taste on my Netflix account. I don’t have a Facebook or Snapchat. I only use my Instagram to share my content & to get inspiration from my favorite brands. I sincerely enjoy this lifestyle because I do not like having my opinions influenced by society, & the simply act of not comparing my life to others.

Therefore, I could not understand for the life of me why EVERYONE & their moms (literally) we’re singing God’s Plan by Drake. I did research, read a few articles, watched a few videos& this is what I found out … His music video went viral with over 100 million views in one week, landing his song 2nd place as the most searched for song in a week right behind the Harlem Shake, according to Forbes. Now, I know I may be a little late, but if you haven’t watched his video, I highly suggest that you do! Drake begins the video by stating that he had close to $1 million dollars to fund his music video. However, he gives all of that money away.

I found a video of college student Gabriella Ricciardi of New York, who went around her town handing out $1 bills to strangers, sharing laughs, smiles & stories with them as a result of Drake’s music video. “This whole process made me realize even more that it is the little things in life, the smallest amount of money made someone’s day, and just seeing them smile made mine,” Riccardi said.

As I did more researched, I came across a hilarious yet touching parody by Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick Guillermo. “It’s not the amount that matters, it’s the thought that matters.” Jimmy Kimmel states.

Here are my thoughts on this whole movement:

  1. That’s a whole lot of money to fund a single music video, I’m shook!
  2. It’s the act of kindness that matters, not the dollar amount.

Being a middle school teacher, I preach everyday the importance of being kind to one another. I try my very best to model what kindness looks like & even have huge posters on the walls emphasizing kindness. I’m not the “cool” teacher by any means & my students definitely try their best to keep me up to date with the current trends. I do plan on giving a mini lesson once again on kindness by showing them these videos, & challenging them to do at least one act of kindness. I’ll share with you all the results in a week!

Now, I challenge YOU to do at least one act of kindness today. I don’t expect you to walk around handing dollar bills to strangers, but be kind to someone today & expect nothing in return. Our society needs it.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana.

Much love,

Cynthia

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