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Dec 16

Pay It Forward in Compassionate Acts

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                                                                                                 Kind acts make the world go round. In other words, they hold societies together.  In the movie Pay It Forward, a young boy who is in middle school and takes a class where he teacher inspires him to “think of an idea to change our world and put it into action!” The boy, Trevor, devises the “pay it forward" act where he would help three people, then each of those three people would help three other people. Trevor explains that this act has to be something that the person couldn’t do on his or her own. He tries to help people but feels as if he has failed. In all reality, he has touched people’s lives and because of him, people are helping others and the chain continues all the way across America.

Dec 13

Random Acts of Kindness

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kindnessI came across a website called Random Acts of Kindness. It’s a website where people submit their stories about how they helped someone or someone helped them. The website shows that there are people in the world who take time out of their day to do a good deed for others. The goal of this site is to inspire and motivate others to participate in a random act of kindness.  Their mission statement is “get involved, get inspired, and tell us your story."

Dec 08

A Small Act of Compassion

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As I walked with my friend to class yesterday, we passed some janitors cleaning up outside the buildings. About half a block later, we walked past an ash tray with a takeout container on top of it. As we passed it, my friend said "This isn’t a garbage can, people! This is littering.” She picked it up and took it to a garbage can and threw it away. The janitors were making their way down the sidewalk, so they could have picked it up when they came to it. But my friend had done it for them.

Nov 30

To Write Love on Her Arms - A Spontaneous Compassionate Community

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A couple weeks ago, I was invited to a group on Facebook called “To Write Love On Her Arms." The group was inviting me to write love on my own arms on Friday, November 12. On that day,  I wrote the word love on my left wrist to symbolize all the people who have or are continuing to suffer from “depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide." I attended class and as I looked over to the girl sitting next to me, she had the same thing written on her wrist, Love.  She said she has been doing it for a couple of years.

To Write Love on Her Arms, also known as TWLOHA, is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  It exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.


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