A few weeks ago, I wrote several blog posts about kindness. Around that same time, at one of our staff meetings, Pastor Mike read an article written by a young girl, which was an assignment for her sixth-grade class’ Kindness Project. I absolutely loved Jenna Norton’s perspective about kindness and the sweet manner in which she crafted her words. I was delighted when her mama, Toni, told me Jenna would like to be a guest blogger for today’s Listening on the Journey… post. I know you’ll enjoy her insights, and I hope you, like I was, will be inspired to learn to speak more fluently the language of kindness. Thank you, Jenna!
Jenna Norton, guest blogger
“Kindness is the language in which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain
By choosing one simple act, we, as humans, can make a huge impact. So by choosing benevolent acts, we can change the world for the better with one simple act of kindness at a time. For my Kindness Project, I selected the complex task of volunteering with toddlers at my local church.
At Lake City Community Church, I was put to work with “little bundles of energy” called toddlers. When I strolled into the bright toddler room, a beaming smile was instantly put on my face because I knew I was doing something courteous toward the other people surrounding me.
I could be helping busy parents who were in need of the Holy Spirit, and I would lend a helping hand to Connie Brunner, a radiant lady who is the nursery director.
Not only would I be useful to Ms. Connie and the guardians, but I knew I was doing something phenomenal for myself as well. I could be helpful to myself because this act may lead to other kind things to others. This would then produce a chain reaction of kindness throughout the community. A glorious sensation zipped through me when Lake City Community Church handed me the opportunity to do magnificent acts for families, Ms. Connie, and for myself too.
I loved being able to spend an hour and fifteen minutes with the precious tikes. The limited time I was given to spend with toddlers like “Annie” [pseudonym] were some of the best moments in my lifetime so far. I watched the kids dance and flail around as I gently blew some iridescent bubbles. I witnessed how they molded beautiful creations from neon clay. I absolutely enjoyed roaming around the room with diverse colors, playing with bright building blocks or starting a round or two of hide’ n’ seek. I truly cherished my time put in with the toddlers.
All of our joyous activities have made me realize how one person can really make a difference in someone’s life through being kind. This project has also demonstrated how an act of altruism can lead to amazing opportunities for the people surrounding you and for yourself as well.
I guess Mark Twain was right. Kindness is the language in which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
Jenna Norton, Listening on the Journey… guest blogger.