I’ll be putting up a regular post later today, but it’s been a rough week and I’ve been thinking that I’m likely not the only one who would really like to ease my mind with happy things, good things, things that don’t make me question my faith in the better angels of humanity’s nature.
But given the nature of the week — the very personal, individualized cruelty that we all witnessed, on top of the larger political and/or global miseries — the internet tradition of kittehs and funneh doesn’t sit right. Further to my comment that I’m proud to share a country with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who acted to try to save Troy Davis’s life, I’ve been thinking about all the ways we are all served by each other — all the moments when a person could choose to walk away, but instead offers a hand.
In Troy Davis’s case, that offering became a roar, and it had blood in it. But most days, it’s the person who takes your cart back to the grocery store, or who finds you when you left your wallet at the ticket window. Maybe it’s the person who smiled when you didn’t have a smile in you. These moments matter. They are, to my mind, tiny pieces of God on earth, the little ways in which we heal the world and each other every single day.
So I decided to start a thread where we can all tell stories of random acts of kindness — small or large, today-fresh or decades old. A moment or series of moments that we needed in our lives and for which we remain grateful.
I confess, this is an experiment. I have no idea if this thread will echo with my own story (I’ll leave the first comment), or if others will join in their multitudes. I occasionally have open threads that go past 100 comments (but that’s pretty much because I open a thread when Ta-Nehisi Coates doesn’t), while some posts don’t gather so much as a single word of response. Most hover in the 3-15 comment range, and that would be lovely. Three to fifteen stories of kindness? That would make my day, and probably someone else’s. I hope you’ll chime in.
BUT FIRST: In a case of the blogosphere continuing to treat me kindly, I was syndicated on BlogHer the other day! What this means, dear reader, is that I have now made bank as a blogger. For the first time. Ever. Not big bank, to be sure, but bank, baby! So that’s a very nice thing, and I ask you to please click through and show BlogHer some love because honest to God — being paid to do what I know how to do? Makes me happy.