26 Acts – How about 1 or 2 instead?

Let me start off with Merry Christmas to everyone. It has been a rough couple of weeks, and I am glad to see so many posts on my personal Facebook page about people enjoying the holiday with family and friends.

Having said that, there is something going around Facebook called 26 Acts of Kindness. The description of this page (copied and pasted) Newtown’s heartbreak has a lot of us asking, “What can I do?” Thinking about this, Ann Curry took to social media and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 26 acts of kindness to honor each life lost in Newtown.

Now in and of itself that is not a bad idea. However the things that are being posted as “acts of kindness” are usually trivial at best. This is a typical oneĀ  “I have given a $20 tip to a valet, passed out Target gift cards on my way out of Target to those coming in, brought in neighbors garbage cans, wrote a nice appreciation letter to the school principal. My 11 y.o. is getting more involved too. She gave a nice card to a policeman and put 3 cards with rice krispy treats on random windshields. I feel so much better doing these acts!”

I will not name the person who posted this, and it really doesn’t matter as most of the posts are very similar to this one. Paying tolls for the person behind them, giving money to strangers, etc.

The remarkable thing is that the people are doing this to make themselves feel better. Admittedly I have not read too deeply into the sight, as I am growing tired of what people feel recently. The fact is that their feelings are doing much more harm than good in the second amendment struggle.

So if you are one that wants to do 26 acts of kindness to make the world a better place, and you are still reading at this point may I make a suggestion. The acts that are described do so very little to help anyone but the person doing it, how about using just 1 or 2 of those to do some real good.

Have you taken a CPR or First aid class in the last few years? A lot of things have changed over the last few years, and any skill that you don’t use on a regular basis degrades. You could save a life by doing this, possibly the life of someone you love.

Have you given blood recently? Yet one more way you could help save a life. And in this case you will definitely help someone live a longer life.

If you own a firearm have you taken training beyond basic concealed carry courses? This could save your life or one that you love

.If you are ardently anti-gun (it’s OK if you are I won’t force you to own or shoot one) how about doing something that will make a real difference? Volunteer on a regular basis at a hospital or a nursing home. Give of yourself in places where it really impacts real people. Become a Big Brother of Big Sister, help out at a homeless shelter. There are a million things you could do, butĀ DO SOMETHING THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT!

Then if you want to do 24 or 25 random acts of kindness knock yourself out, but please if you want to make a difference really make a difference.

Paul