Giving Me Something That I Need

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” 
-Charles Glassman

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” 
-Rousseau

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness.” 
-Charlie Chaplain

This month, I engaged people all across the country to talk about kindness. In order to accomplish this social experiment, I cold called Canadians, simply put, I picked up the proverbial phone books from across the country and started dialing. This was not a simple task and I found many people were quite unkind! After being hung up on, sworn at, and on the off chance that someone would talk to me, quite eye opening. In both French and English Canada, folks are feeling tired and confused, overjoyed and overcome. As I dialed random phone numbers (calls were made from Cape Split, NFDL and spanned the country to Kitimat, BC), I found that those who had time to chat were quite delighted by my little project. It felt great to laugh with strangers near and far and no matter who I spoke to, it all came down to kindness.

Thanks, strangers! I couldn’t have done it without you.

Giving Me Something That I Need
By Sadie Rosgen and Strangers

let kindness crack open your heart
let kindness guide you in the dark
let kindness be the ember

light the spark

giving me something I need
finding out how

kindness is learned
or buried
deep within ourselves
burned into our very being
sprung from the memories of our ancestors reflecting us
just as we are
kindness lets light in
kindness is what I’m all about
finding out how
desire to be kind
no going back
pause
rewind
when I die, they’ll know me ‘cause I’m kind...