The news is filled with stories portraying the evil of mankind. Hardly does a day go by without us hearing about some malfeasance done a person or group of people. Sometimes, we ask ourseves, “is there any good left in mankind?” All these things can make you lose hope in humanity.
But, there’s surely a glimmer of hope here and there. We shouldn’t be blinded so much by the dark that we fail to trace the light of kindness and love. So, check out these three pieces to reinvigorate your spirit.
Also, you can add to this collection in the comment section.
1. We Are the World (Song) by U.S.A. for Africa:
You’ve most probably heard this inspiring piece before. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, this song was conceived out of a desire to help the helpless. It had an immediate impact. Ray Charles once said, “music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond“. And people did respond to the purpose of “We are the World”.
More than $63 million (equivalent to $147 million today) was raised for humanitarian causes. Likewise, the song spawned a remake entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, which went on to be a huge charitable success also.
“…We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me…”
You’ve surely heard the lyrics numerous times, but it’s important to keep in mind the power of music in inspiring kindness and love. Also in this category are songs like “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”; “Bangla Desh”, and many others.
2. Compassion (Poem) by Robert W. Service:
Poetry might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
“Sounds stuck-up, ancient, nerdy…” you’ll hear some people complain. Regardless your opinion of poetry, you can’t help but appreciate how service lined up these beautiful words in his poem, titled ‘Compassion‘.
“A beggar in the street I saw,
Who held a hand like withered claw,
As cold as clay;
But as I had no silver groat
To give, I buttoned up my coat
And turned away.
And then I watched a working wife
Who bore the bitter load of life
With lagging limb;
A penny from her purse she took,
And with sweet pity in her look
Gave it to him…”
This is only an excerpt, and you can read the rest here: https://m.poemhunter.com/poem-amp/compassion/
A similar poem to this is ‘Holding the Light’ by Stuart Kestenbaum.
3. Knocking on strangers doors then offering to pay their rent.
Juan and his crew are pranksters, but in this video, they go about doing exactly what the title above reads. In the YouTube clip, you’ll see the joyous reaction of several tenants, as Juan offered to pay their rent, and this would bring smile to your face at the very least.
One lucky man was so bewildered that he asked Juan, “are you an angel?”
This is not an isolated act of kindness that this page is credited for. They’ve also gone about giving new laptops to college students who didn’t already own one, and also gave huge tips to waiters in another clip.
Random acts of kindness are a popular thing nowadays. But, we can never stop loving it. Even when you watch clips of such acts, you can feel the joy of giving grow within you.
You might want to check the Instagram pages of these guys too: governorscousin and williamsuchemba, as they occasionally upload clips of their random acts of kindness.
There are many people out there who engage in such acts too. There may be no cameras to capture these moments, but the kindness is not lost. Every random act of kindness would go on to form a golden chain of love.