It really is an actual day! Now, I do love crazy celebration days: national root beer float day, or almost all the food holidays. I think celebrating just to celebrate is not necessarily a bad idea. I like it.
Years ago I came across a children’s book called, I’m in Charge of Celebrations, by Byrd Baylor. This author has written all kinds of wonderful children’s books, but this one is one of my favorites. Anything can be celebration if we have eyes see and hearts that are open.
National Kindness Day started in 1998 on this day. This year, many are coupling it with a celebration of Mr. Rogers. If I had known earlier, I would have been in! I don’t really have any cardigans to channel Fred Rogers, but I do have a longing to be more like him: curious, intentional, and willing to listen to the smallest among us.
Today went fast, so did yesterday and the day before. I can hope and pray I have been kind in the middle of all the busyness and things to do. There have been moments in the last few days that have been deep and meaningful. Today included. I am deeply grateful for those moments.
As much as I love this crazy holidays, there is a part of me deep down that wishes everyday is National Kindness Day. I find the world often too harsh, too mean and too cruel when it doesn’t have to be. Cheap shots sent through social media, bullying from all ages and excuses for why we can’t do better, when I know deep down, we can.
Even though today almost slipped by before I knew it, there is still time for me to commit myself to more kindness, more care and more intentionality. I know Mr. Rogers could be that way in a 30 minute show, but I also belief, he really was that way and we can still choose to follow his example.
I intend to celebrate National Kindness Day tomorrow, and the next day and every day after that. I may not be able to change the whole world with kindness, but perhaps there is a chance I can change my small part in it.