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It is so important to me to find and read of those inspiring individuals who achieved great success but also valued kindness.  Empathy and compassion never go out of style, we just need the courage to show it.



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I wrote this post four years ago tomorrow.  In the midst of another brewing winter storm covering the swath of the United States and a horrific flu season, I felt that this story was appropriate and still made me smile.  I hope that it will do the same for you.

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As a parent, I have tried to teach empathy and compassion to my children. We want to model behavior that will make an impression and reach the depths of human love and kindness.

Sometimes, a teacher can make an unforgettable impact with his ability to open his heart and show his students a lesson that will last a lifetime. For my son, and others, a compassionate and empathetic act will never be forgotten.

It has been a snowy and difficult winter. The Polar Vortex became a part of our vocabulary and people struggled all across the United States in bitter cold, ice storms and record-breaking snowfalls. Along with that, people became sick with colds, viruses, and the flu; all that time indoors may have been too much togetherness.

At the school my son attends, over 60 boys, in the dorm, were sick with the flu. Rising snow drifts and cold drafty apartments did not help anyone to feel better. A teacher with a heart of gold and an empathetic soul rounded up the boys who were still feeling fine. He sent them to the grocery store for ingredients and together they made a huge pot of soup.

The pot was so heavy, that it was carried by two boys, one on each side. The teacher, and his students, went from room to room, and bed to bed. They gave out bowls of soup and stopped to ask each young man how he was feeling and chatted a bit. It was not enough to acknowledge that they were sick; offering comfort in warm food and kind words taught a lesson more deeply than I could in 18 years.

A little creativity, sincerity and empathy can make an impact that will never be forgotten. My husband and I were so touched, and grateful, when we heard the story from our son. As parents, we wonder what trouble our children can get into away from home with unknown influences. This was a teaching moment that made a difference to each student that day, whether they were receiving kindness or sharing it.

What small act of kindness and empathy could you create that would be unforgettable?
A good post reaches for your heart and remains on your mind.

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I wrote this almost a year and a half ago. The past year and a half has been a divisive time in our history. My feeling is that I want to be inspired, and I believe that others do too, to remember that kindness exists. Seeing it, feeling it, and being the recipient of kindness is more warming than a sweet cup of cocoa on a bitterly cold day.

Our days in the Northern Hemisphere have become darker, in many ways, and we feel unheard and unseen in the midst of the chaos.

Kindness matters and everyone deserves it, not just a select few, or those who can benefit the most. We have good days and bad as life continues to move and change for each of us.

May we continue to witness goodness and to fill our hearts as we seek to share it with others.

via I believe in good. It is an elusive quality.

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