My friend Kerri Sellers is a Goddess.
No, this does not mean she is a celestial being with a mailing address somewhere on Mount Olympus.
I’m pretty sure she lives in Massachusetts.
Being a Goddess is actually part of her job title.
Kerri is part of the amazing team of women (Goddesses) and men (Adoni) who populate the Athena’s Home Novelties company, a group of people with HUGE hearts based in America’s tiny state of Rhode Island (led by an amazing force for good, Mother Goddess Jennifer Jolicouer).
They just happen to be my BIGGEST speaking client (every January I lead my “Engaging Your WHY/Vision Board” event for their entire team, nationwide).
For her recent 45th birthday, Kerri opened her heart, and her social media pages (at the urging of her equally-awesome husband Aaron), to create a TIDAL WAVE of kindness, generosity and joy.
She called it #Kerris45Wishes…and it was amazing.
Far from making it all about herself, Kerri spent the day not only committing acts of kindness, but encouraging others to please do so…and post them on her social media pages.
Ideas were flying fast and furious, and I was tremendously honored that she tagged me with an idea I’d given her (which I learned from a grocery checkout clerk): putting quarters on gumball machines as a surprise for kids!
She also left quarters on the pony ride outside the store, and a small baggie of them at the laundromat, just in case someone needed a little extra drying time.
Here’s the most beautiful part of her birthday giving mission: friends and family all across the country were going out and intentionally sharing kindness on her behalf, tagging their posts with #Kerris45Wishes.
It was mind-blowing. It was joyful. And it was very, very REAL.
So many people see things like this happening and are so quick to say: “Kindness should be done anonymously and what she is doing is bragging, and it’s wrong.”
Here’s my view on that response.
The news and media outlets spend most of their days (and ours) sharing stories of the WORST that society has to offer.
I wish they would keep THAT to themselves.
I think it is helpful (and hopeful) to hear the GOOD THINGS that are happening in our communities which are JUST AS REAL as the bad.
Now, when people do these things and trumpet them in the news as a political ploy or to overcome something stupid scandal they caused, just to rebuild their reputations…that is different.
What Kerri did with her birthday was wave her kindness flag high and let it snap in the wind loudly enough for people to hear the battle-cry and take part in the celebration.
I read through many of the posts on her page, people sharing what she had inspired them to do.
- a donation to the Red Sox Foundations’s Jimmy Fund
- adding children’s books to a ‘Little Free Library’
- giving a ride to someone who needed one
- buying sidewalk chalk for a favorite neighborhood kid
- posting a beautiful sunset photo to make a friend smile
- paying for the lunch of a stranger
So, what simple act of kindness could YOU commit today?
If you really have it in your heart to do so, you can find a way…even ones that cost absolutely nothing (hold a door, call a friend to say hello, make someone smile).
Here’s how I see it: somewhere in the world today, it is somebody’s birthday.
Following Kerri’s lead, we can all commit a little kindness to honor those people.
Remember: the GOOD is just as real as the BAD.
Let’s make the GOOD noise even louder, shall we?
Thank you Kerri!
BONUS VIDEO: Are YOU ‘Priming the Pump’ for kindness, like Kerri is?
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