by Chapter President Ira Watkins
I hope each of you are enjoying a great August. I am making a special request that you join me in participating in Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK) from August 25th -31st. This is a globally recognized week that is observed annually during the last week of August to reflect on and emphasize acts of kindness to our fellowman/woman.
Simple acts of kindness matter and should be a priority in our lives daily. BK2HK was created to emphasize the importance of acts of kindness and to inspire others to be kind. This call for individual members to participate in BK2HK is an effort to collectively build upon one of the key principles of our organization, i.e., service to the community through individual acts of kindness.
Each day in BK2HK, is celebrated with a specific theme. The themes are provided below with suggestions. The themes and suggestions are intended to help stimulate and not restrict individual acts of kindness. Any act of kindness by you is likely to have an impact, create a ripple effect and inspire others to further acts of kindness:
Sacrifice-Our-Wants-for-Others’-Needs Sunday Show others you care. Offer to help someone in need. Donate to a charity that you and your family members decide upon.
Motorist-Consideration Monday Drive or travel courteously. Practice consideration and patience.
Touch-A-Heart Tuesday Spread kindness, one heart at a time. Encourage others in their dreams and goals. Spend time with someone you have not seen in a long time.
Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday Offer a helping hand. Offer to watch a neighbor’s house while they are on vacation and water their lawn and feed their pets.
Thoughtful Thursday Treat each other well. If you are shopping, allow someone with fewer items to cut in front of you at the checkout.
Forgive-Your-Foe Friday Come together. Contact the person in your life with whom you have let a disagreement divide you. The power of a sincere apology is worth more to an individual than never resolving issues.
Speak-Nice-Words Saturday Say something nice. Hold your tongue when tempted to be harsh.
Share your acts of kindness experienced during BK2HK by Send e-mail to me. With your permission, the experience will be posted to our social media as an inspiration to others. If you wish to remain anonymous so indicate and your request will be honored. I also encourage you to post your experience on your individual social media platforms or share with friends as a way of encouraging and motivating others toward acts of kindness.
We are all leaders and know the importance of setting the example. This is what BK2HK is about. Being kind can improve our health and well-being and help make the world a better place. Do not forget about a fellow member who may need an act of kindness. I sincerely hope that you will join me in participating in BK2HK the week of 25 - 31 August 2020.