Did you know that November 13th is World Kindness Day? Kindness rocks, don’t you think? It’s up there with peace, love and understanding. While we’re not the kind of place where you can pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you, we can shine a light on the many kindnesses we see in our clinic and pay kindness forward in a crafty way.
From the view at the front desk, I witness a multitude of small acts of kindness on a daily basis. What does it look like?
This happens so often. It will start as a race to our snack area. Let’s say a young client and a sibling come back to their mom or dad, who are talking with their clinician about speech or OT progress. The children will explain that there’s only one pack of Goldfish crackers left. I think to myself: here comes an argument… And then one of the kids will say: “It’s your favorite. I want you to have it.” Awww…
We have many kids with special needs who come to our clinic. Because our therapy appointments are recurring, the same families tend to be in the waiting room at any given time during the week. And those moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, nannies and other caregivers, they don’t just read the magazines. They talk to each other. They open up about their kids, their challenges and their journeys. It’s candid and heartwarming. They become friends. Many a playdate has been arranged in our waiting room.
Our client families share so much of their lives with us. They share photos from their vacations. They tell us funny stories. They send us recipes after we’ve chatted about favorite foods. They send cards and emails, just to let us know how they are doing, even after their kids have graduated from our therapy.
Don’t even get me started on how kind and considerate all the clinicians are to one another 🙂
Ready to rock some kindness that you can share? For our November art project, we’re painting these Kindness Rocks.
Inspired by The Kindness Rocks Project, our clinic friends will have the opportunity to paint rocks with beautiful colors, inspirational words or images. After painting a Kindness Rock, you bring it to a public place, such as a beach or park, and leave it to be found by a stranger. A sweet and simple offering of kindness to the world.