While shuffling through my son’s take-home folder from school today, I saw a piece of notebook paper, which was nothing unusual. When I saw what was written on it, I stopped. I pulled it out and looked at it; really looked at it, not just the obligatory glance. Then I read it all the way through to the end. I sought him out and knocked on his door and asked if I could have it, and then asked his permission to share it with you all, which he granted. The paper was entitled: Ways I Can Be Kind.
How much better would the world be if we all made such a list? In a world where we hear so many horror stories of bullying, it is good to know that this is being taught in his public school. I have corrected only the spelling and grammatical errors. Here is his list.
Ways I Can Be Kind
- Carry people’s homework.
- Help as many people as you can.
- Say kind things; not like “shut-up”
- If someone is hungry, at least give them something to eat.
- Don’t get up in people’s faces.
- Hang out with them.
- Respect people.
- Stand up for them.
- Give them something helpful
- Include others
- Treat others how you want to be treated
- Don’t put hands on another
- Don’t brag
- Imier (Admire) something you might not of
- It doesn’t matter what people look like
- Don’t call people names
- If you have a choice between smart and kind, choose kind
- Be helpful
- Play with everyone
- Be responsible
- Tell some good things
- Be nice to everyone
I have no idea what “Imier” is, but I found the list quite insightful, given his age. I hope that he always keeps his heart of gold.
* “Imier” in #14 was a misspelling of “Admire”
Edited January 18, 2018, for better readability and search engine optimization.