Sometimes it is hard to believe in the power of kindness, or that you can be the change you want to see in the world. I’ve been a social worker for 25 years, so I’ve had my moments of doubt too, but our dark moments require us to reach for the light, and I found inspiration in the work of Sister Chân Không, a Buddhist nun who was born in 1938 in southern Vietnam. She spent most of her life relieving human suffering from the trauma of war, and helped direct the emergency humanitarian efforts that rescued 2 million Vietnamese people who fled on boats to escape by sea. Sister Chân Không, also led a sponsorship program for over 14,000 orphans in Vietnam, and here is what she said about the power of kindness.
“Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. But I try to work one day at a time. If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. That’s enough. When you see you can do that, you continue, and you give two little joys, and you remove two little sufferings, then three, and then four. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering. That is the secret. Start right now”
I believe this our task; to start right now and not despise the small work. Can you commit to bringing joy to one person in the morning, and removing the suffering of one person in the afternoon (or at least bringing them some comfort)? Imagine if you asked 50 of your friends on social media to commit to two acts of kindness a day. That adds up to 100 acts of kindness a day, 700 acts of kindness in a week, and 21,000 acts of kindness in a month. In a year that is 252,000 acts of kindness, which I believe has great power.
I love imagining what a million of us could do to relieve human suffering, if we joined together and started right now!
I’ve always loved the word Delight! To me it means “of the light” and with all the darkness and fear in the world today, I wanted to create a place where we can gather together, restore our connection to the light and help one another to Delight The World with love, kindness, gentleness, beauty, compassion and grace. —Amy Rose, LCSW