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Random Acts of Kindness (everyone’s everyday act of valor)

I watched a video over the weekend about a team of special ops forces, who were indeed, forces to be reckoned with. As I viewed this emotionally charged film, I sat in wonder at the cool technology available today (and used by our military) and by the highly developed skill sets of each person on the team. As this particular team was being briefed on their mission (to rescue a female op who had been abducted) each individual chosen to serve on her rescue operation was selected because of his unique skill. Individually, they were impressive. Together, they became a daunting tightly knit entity that moved together seamlessly to bring about the result they set out to accomplish.

After the final credits were rolling, I thought how few men and women will ever take part in such a dramatic and dangerous mission. For sure, these dedicated individuals sacrifice more than non-military folks will ever understand. Rightly termed, these men and women live out the military motto, “performing acts of valor” each and every day they serve our country.

While the majority of us will never live a life characterized by everyday acts of valor in the true military definition of the term, we can all perform what writer Anne Herbert described as random acts of valor via kindness.

Way back in the early 1980’s this movement was started when the book, Random Acts of Kindness, was released and people started getting intentional about being kind to others.

There isn’t any “random” anything about kindness. You have to open your eyes (and heart) to the needs of the people all around you. Intentionally. Purposefully. Consistently. Sacrificially. Daily. Hourly. Moment by moment.

Rarely easy, always right, serving others some random acts of kindness truly is everyone’s everyday act of valor.

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

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