26 Acts of Kindness

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Like many people, I’ve been a bundle of emotions this weekend – sad, angry, shocked, confused, and sad and shocked all over again. I grew up in Connecticut not far from Newtown and I can’t wrap my head around it.

I have had a knot in my throat that won’t go away. I haven’t really watched the news or read many articles because I know that once I do, I won’t be able to stop crying. My heart is heavy and it feels like it’s going to burst sometimes – from the sorrow, the sadness, the madness and the irrational fears.

It’s Sunday night and the boys are asleep and I’ve started to read some articles, commentary and blog posts. I was right. I can’t stop crying now. It was this beautiful post over at Masala Chica that did it.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion. – Buddha

There’s a movement to perform 26 acts of kindness to honor each of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary, an idea initiated by Ann Curry. While it doesn’t seem like much, it feels like the right thing to me. There’s a part of me that needs to believe that there’s good out there in people and in the world.

I’d love for you to join this movement and to share with friends. You can follow the movement on Twitter with the hashtags #20Acts (for the 20 children) or #26Acts (for all those who lost their lives on Friday).

Here’s more information on how you can help families affected by the Newtown school shooting.



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  1. says

    There is so much power in compassion. Although obviously there are mental health issues that could use more attention in our society, I also think there are many disturbed people who could be prevented from doing/thinking awful things if they had experienced more love in their life.
    I also Maya Angelou’s poem on peace: http://worldunderstandingandpeace.com/2007/09/03/great-poem-on-peace-amazing-peace-by-maya-angelou/
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    • admin says

      That’s a beautiful poem Laura. Thank you so much for sharing it. I completely agree with you that there are so many issues that need more attention in our society, definitely mental health issues. We are such a divided society on so many levels but I hope that we can talk more about this and come together.

    • admin says

      That’s the thing – I hate feeling helpless and I know that there is absolutely nothing I can say or do to take away the pain and make it go away but I wanted to try to remember that there is good out there. And hopefully, we can spread that goodness.

  2. says

    I avoided the media all weekend too. Last night I allowed myself to read a little bit and lost it. I had a post scheduled but thought it would be better to be silent. I will be joining in the random acts of kindness. This gives me hope. Thank you!
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    • admin says

      I had a totally different post planned for today too and was planning on being silent but same across the #26acts and wanted to share it. Thank you for joining in. I’m still randomly breaking out in tears all morning.

  3. says

    hi love..
    what a beautiful idea, what a gorgeous way to celebrate those 26 (27 I don’t want to miss his mom) lives that were lost.

    I saw this on FB yesterday and I fully intend to do this…to celebrate those lives.
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  4. says

    I love this post. You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful heart and soul. What a great tribute and way to give back and pay it forward. I too cannot watch the news or read much about it, just far too sad and tragic.
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    • admin says

      Thank you for your kind words. It seems silly and trivial but maybe it’s just my naive self hoping that it makes just a little bit of difference.

  5. says

    Like many, this tragedy has really affected me. I can’t put into words how I feel every time I hear that little ones (our children’s ages) were the primary victims. I feel like I’ve been making myself read the articles, watch the TV and look at those little faces so I can FEEL the pain that those parents must be feeling. It’s all to real for them and I feel like I need to make it real for me, too.

    I will certainly participate in the 26 acts of kindness.
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  6. says

    I have cried and cried again. My 17 year old has been depressed and moody. When asked why he says he just doesn’t understand this. As much as this weighs on my mind I just can’t bring myself to address it in a post. What can I say or do that will ever help this hurt go away for the families?

    Thank you for sharing this as it is something. If nothing else it says to the families that we hear and feel their sorrow and grief and will honor their babies any way we can.
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    • admin says

      That’s the thing that gets me – they were just babies. I’m sorry Carli that your son is having a hard time with this. I think that we all are. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write or what I would write – so much has already been said but I felt like I needed this.

  7. says

    Beautifully said, Christine. I could not agree with you more – I spent the better part of the weekend with the TV off. Sometimes I feel like it’s the childish thing to do – I feel like if I don’t see or hear evil, then it doesn’t exist, you know? Every time I close my eyes, I can’t help but picture AJ in a classroom like that – and what I would be experiencing and feeling right now. And then I cry all over again. It’s amazing to me because AJ has definitely sensed “something” this weekend and has been so incredibly loving and cuddly with me – which only makes me cry and think about those kids even more.
    I love this idea.
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    • admin says

      I don’t think you’re being childish. It’s exactly what I’ve been doing too. E has been especially sweet and cuddly and he normally is not at all. I’ve been taking advantage of the extra cuddles and holding on a little tighter.

    • admin says

      Thank you. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do around this too. I don’t want it to be trivial or just another list to check off.

    • admin says

      Thank you for your beautiful post and bringing spreading the word about this idea. I do think that we can honor them in a beautiful way.

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