I was talking with my friend Derek about how it can be so easy to feel frustrated and powerless when we spend too much time thinking about world issues. After all, things like government corruption and human trafficking just seem so overwhelming. It feels like there’s nothing we can do.
But there are always things we CAN do. And when we feel empowered to do something, we stop feeling sorry for ourselves and we take action to help others. We make the world a better place, as much through being empowered (instead of embittered) as through helping. Anyway, I typed in the website “WhatYouCanDo.com” not knowing if it existed or not. And it does. And as luck would have it, they’re celebrating Kindness Week right now. Here’s more from the founder of What You Can Do:
This week marks the 2nd annual collaboration between the What You Can Do series and Rachel’s Challenge for Kindness Week: 5 days devoted to spreading kindness and compassion.
The idea for Kindness Week 2012 evolved from our conversations on how to best inspire people to spread the message of caring. At the end of the week, over 10,000 people pledged an act of kindness via social media. This year, we’re producing five videos to engage an even bigger audience and grow the chain reaction of kindness around the world.
What You Can Do first featured Rachel’s Challenge in the winter of 2010 by highlighting their “Kindness Cards.” The premise of these cards is that for every act of kindness you perform, you pass on a card and ask the person to continue the kindness chain. Since starting this program, Rachel’s Challenge has watched these kindness chains spread all over the world.
Even if you’re watching this after Kindness Week has ended, we want you involved in the movement. Join the conversation. Make a pledge to do something kind. Start a chain reaction in your community!
The What You Can Do series shows viewers how to make a positive impact on our world’s most pressing social and environmental issues in just one minute. To provide the latest insight, the What You Can Do team has worked with experts at dozens of leading non-profits such as The Petfinder Foundation, Rachel’s Challenge and City Harvest. A 2013 Webby Award honoree for Public Service and Activism, What You Can Do premiered on NYC PBS affiliate WLIW21 in 2009 and now screens on the series web site, You Tube and Vimeo.
Check out the latest Kindness Week videos on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/WhatYouCanDo365 and join us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/WhatYouCanDo. To learn more about What You Can Do, visit us at: www.whatyoucando.com
What might happen if you did just one fearlessly, authentically kind thing today? Do it.
And since I try to lead by example, I’ll offer a free 20-minute power coaching session to anyone who emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 4th, 2013. And if you can tell me about a kind act you performed this week, we’ll make it an hour-long coaching call.