Get inspired by blogger Amy Rawe to share inspiring acts of kindness before the year comes to a close.
If memes are any indication, 2016 has been an eventful year for everyone. Global politics have certainly kept us on our toes. The losses of many great cultural figures has reinforced our feelings of confusion and concern. Despite our collective dark humor, it’s important to note that every year has its ups and downs, the good and the bad.
In a recent Discover post, “An ‘Open Apology’ Gone Viral: Amy Rawe on Blogging, Community, and Dolly Parton,” blogger Amy Rawe discussed what made her feel compelled to write her apologetic letter to the famous singer.
I felt that after the divisiveness of the US election and the tragedy of the East Tennessee wildfires, I wanted to start speaking out more about acts of kindness and ways that our communities can come together.
Negativity bias is a real thing. While there is good reason to be concerned about the world at this moment in time, there’s also a lot to be hopeful for. Personally, I like to believe that the growing levels of concern and subsequent calls to action are a source of optimism, particularly in the face of so many difficult and distressing global concerns.
Using Rawe as your inspiration, take a moment to speak out about an act of kindness that you’ve come across recently. As the year comes to a close, find that glowing ember of hope that makes you excited for 2017. It can be something as personal as starting a new class or even a new blog, or something broader, like a burgeoning organization you’ve donated to or a story you saw about someone overcoming adversity.
Alternatively, never forget that your blog is your platform. Whether you have one reader or one million, it’s your voice that inspires others. As you think about what gives you hope, what acts of kindness from 2016 stand out for you, or what you want to take action on next year, don’t hesitate to share those suggestions with others.
I can’t imagine a more inspiring place to be, or a better way to support an amazing example of what it looks like to make the world a stronger place, starting with your own sweet community.
Go make the world stronger.