Today is #1000 Speak for Compassion, a blogging event that was designed by Considerings, and Yvonne Spence, and today sees over a thousand bloggers from all over the world coming together to talk about compassion, kindness, support and caring for others.
The world can be a harsh and depressing place, and with the thousands of daily stories of violence and cruelty that are flashed across the media on a daily basis it is easy to forget that there are still good people out there – millions of good people who do beautiful things for others on a daily basis without ever asking for anything in return. In celebration of the event, I thought it would be a nice idea to show you some of these examples of human kindness.
After thousands of people were left without electricity when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, people allowed strangers to charge their phones to allow them to contact their relatives and let them know that they were alright. Image
This local dry cleaners will dry clean an outfit for free for an unemployed person going to an interview. Image
A New York Police Officer gives some boots to a barefoot man. Image
A soldier rescued a baby rabbit and raised it, dedicating hours of his time to make sure it was healthy. Image: Joshua M. Bisnar
A couple with a newborn baby were given this. I’m sure that there are thousands of new parents that understand how wonderful this is. Image
A world class marathon runner slows down to help a disabled man drink some water. Image
A man stopped running to catch his train so that he could help an elderly lady who was struggling with her bags. Image
A police officer handcuffed himself to a young woman who was attempting to commit suicide. He saved her life. Image
This young boy won a huge scavenger hunt contest. He donated his winnings to his neighbour that was battling leukaemia. Image
This pizza place, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, is renowned for it’s $1 slices of pizza. Customers also get the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by purchasing a slice of pizza for a homeless person – the initial idea was that a customer wrote a message on a post-it-note and it was stuck onto the wall as proof of purchase. However, the scheme has now become so popular that there are no longer any room left on the walls, and so the owner, Mason Wartman now has to keep track of the purchases using the till. Over 8,500 slices have been given to the homeless in the last nine months alone. Image:Reuters
Compassion is not just for the old, or the young. Showing kindness does not depend on what colour, or religion, or sexual orientation someone is. We’re all human, we’re all unique, but we’re all equal.
What could you do for someone today?
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