In life we unintentionally affect other people with our words and actions. We may be going about our daily business and in passing, affect another person with our attitude towards a task, the way we handle ourselves under pressure, and what we do when faced with certain obstacles. Our effect should be one that inspires and sets an example for our community and peers. Each and every one of us has impacted another life, probably without even knowing it. So live each day with purpose and meaning, knowing that your actions and life may inspire someone else to be better. Make someone else want to be a better person, just because you are being you. We’re all leaders each and every day that we show ourselves to the world.
Our love for others, whether it is romantic and devoted to one person, or general and towards our families and communities, cannot be marred by perceived wrongs or past ills. Having love in your heart means overcoming past transgressions and not keeping a record of them. This idea is at the heart of the Be Nice Campaign’s mission, because often those who need kindness and love the most are ones some people may view as having a difficult past, having done a “wrong,” or having made poor decisions. True kindness and love keeps no record of such things, and is influenced purely in the present moment. There is no place in a loving and kind heart for grudges, resentment, or a tally of perceived wrongs. Love is unconditional. Love, and kindness within it, keeps no record of wrongs.
Kindness note: “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold. Happiness resides in the soul.” Democritus
We only need to look within ourselves to find happiness and fulfillment. Happiness and self-satisfaction come from a place within us and not from outside sources. No amount of material acquisitions, promotions, or accolades – mere distractions, can create happiness for us if we do not find and embrace our own source of happiness from the heart. How we perceive ourselves is worth more than how others perceive us. Happiness and satisfaction come from within us. When we find that happiness, we find our potential.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero.
Too often we become wrapped up in what we do not have and what more we desire from others, causing us to miss the beauty and wonder in what we have in our lives at this moment. Instead of asking more of someone, be grateful to have known him for who he is. Instead of wishing something were better, show gratitude for what it is. Instead of thinking “if only” could have changed a situation or relationship, be grateful for how it turned out and affected your life now. Being grateful for what we have can not only improve our happiness, but improve our overall attitude towards others and promotes kind thoughts and deeds.
Here at the Be Nice Campaign, we’re grateful for our friends and family members both here now and those we have known, loved, and lost. We’re grateful for our dog and all the happiness he brings. We’re grateful for our home, our love, and the abundances we have.
What are you the most grateful for today?
Anyone can bring positive change to the world and make other lives better. Encourage those with whom you interact. Don’t wait for someone else, whether it’s the government, a movement, or an authority figure to lead you before making a stand to help and encourage others.
Charity and kindness are virtues we have within us all. Simple acts such as not ignoring the homeless man by the subway when everyone else keeps walking, or lifting up and offering praise and encouragement to those who we supervise even though our own managers do not, can set the example for others and create a culture of kindness and respect.
Execute your ideas on your own, don’t wait for anyone else. Encourage others to be great. Be the leader you’ve been waiting for.
The Be Nice Campaign is a unique organization that offers acts of kindness to those who request assistance. When possible, we try to match those who request with individuals or organizations who can offer the particular assistance or kindness requested. Presently, we only assist in offering acts of kindness that are $200 or less in value. However, if we receive funding we hope to increase our maximum amount. In limited circumstances we may undertake a crowd funding campaign to assist individuals who request larger acts of kindness in emergency or severe situations (i.e. pending eviction, uninsured medical procedure, emergency travel).
Things we do:
- Assist in paying emergency utility bills where service termination is imminent (up to $150)
- Offer micro-grants in amounts of $100 and $50 to compelling applicants.
- Offer gift cards to Wal-Mart for purchasing necessities.
- Sending food to people who are hungry.
- Offer temporary supplies of pet food for those who need it for their dog or cat.
- Offer services to match applicants with organizations or individuals who can help them with their issues (i.e. assist matching with a lawyer, potential employer, state and private social services programs, etc.
- Sending items from Amazon wishlists to those in need.
- Sending books to incarcerated.
- Share kindness and inspirational content with our community.
If you are in need of assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we can post your request anonymously. You can also send us a message on Facebook by visiting us at Facebook.com/benice
In September 2014, we plan to host a large fundraiser with a one hour free open bar at a SoHo private club. Up to 100 people will be invited. If you live in the New York City area and are interested in helping to support the Be Nice Campaign and spread the news about us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank you for all of your support and dedication in the past couple of months. In the past weeks since we last posted an update we have assisted two families in paying their outstanding utility bill and having their power turned back on (bringing our total to 4 families now), sent 4 orders of books to the incarcerated, sent two $50 Wal-Mart gift cards to those in need, and have been forming partnerships and developing fundraising activities. We also provided an attorney who volunteered his time to assist an incarcerated person. We are in the process of helping a person receive a bicycle so he no longer has to walk to work, and helping a very needy family in North Carolina. Currently we have over 6,300 followers on Facebook. Wow! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word. Everyday we receive emails from people who are inspired by the message or who need our help, and we try to help everyone who we can at the moment. In order to help more of the people who ask for our assistance we are undertaking a couple of enhancements in the coming weeks to our organization.
Starting next week the Be Nice Campaign anticipates launching a full-scale Kindness Initiative to increase our impact and visibility, upgrading our website to accommodate a kindness exchange (a marketplace for kindness) so everyone can see what is being requested and people can post offers themselves, and overall becoming a competitive charity helping those in need who ask for assistance. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for more Kindness Notes posted to our Facebook page.
Thank you again for all of your support. Our organization is successful because of our members’ kindness and dedication.