Kindness is contagious. Pass it on.
By: Jessie Stein
Kindness is defined as the state or quality of being kind. It is a kind act or kind behavior. As Dalai Lama said, “Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible.” Being kind can mean many different things. For one, being kind could mean giving back in some way. It can also mean having a concern for others by taking action in wanting to help out. An act of kindness can be random or well thought out. There are no rules to being kind, only acts or behaviors that contribute towards one's kindness.
To begin, kindness is giving back. Who you choose to give back to and why does not necessarily matter, as long as your intentions are positive. CBOB does an incredible job giving back as much as possible. Our Bound For Peace service trip is one of the ways CBOBers give back. This trip allows our volunteers to give back to children in South America who have undergone social injustices or armed conflict. We educate, promote awareness, and empower change in communities that need a helping hand. We strive to give back to those who need it most, when they need it most.
In addition, being kind is having concern for others, contributing towards an action of helping somebody in any way, shape, or form. Helping somebody does not have to be a huge act of kindness; it could be something as little as helping your friend study for her test or letting someone elderly take your seat on the bus. Kindness is intended to make yourself feel better because you made somebody else feel better. With our new tutoring program and college-prep mentoring program, CBOBers, alongside other eager volunteers, will be able to help students learn English, apply for colleges, and so much more. Our goal is to help teach students about the different opportunities available when applying to colleges. Our Children Within Our Borders events help younger kids achieve goals and stay on the right track to success.
Furthermore, an act of kindness can be shown to anyone, anytime, anyplace. Kindness can be random, or well thought out. A random act of kindness could even mean helping someone who you don’t even know. It’s one thing to be nice to your friends, it’s another thing to be kind to a total stranger. Our sponsors show kindness constantly by donating money to our organization in order to help our scholars. Because of our incredible sponsors, we have been able to send five students in South America to college. Whether our donors show kindness once, twice, or every month, they help keep our programs going and keep our kids reaching for their goals. No matter the amount, or how often, every dollar helps us get closer towards our vision to help children in need. Regardless of social status, race, or gender, we believe every child deserves to live a stable life without barriers or fear. Every child deserves to dream - and dream big. Every child deserves a brighter future - a future that breaks boundaries and goes beyond borders
In closing, kindness can be shown in many different ways. You can show kindness by giving back to your community, a friend, or even a stranger, as well as helping others around you in need. There is no proper way to be kind, only a proper mindset. Think positive, give back, and always lend a helping a hand to anyone in need.