Kindness is healing
The best act of kindness I personally experienced, was when I was inspired by one small boy.
I am an artist by trade, and life... Inspired by a young boy, in remission from a rare brain tumor who's home I worked in for a few weeks painting murals for the family.
Upon leaving that job, I wanted to do something for the hospital, that had helped this boy and for all the families that are so incredibly challenged every day.
In 2006 I created a story board of 11 canvases for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Radiology Waiting Room.
1/4 way into this project, my life turned upside down, I became largely challenged by Multiple Sclerosis and lost much of my freedom of movement...
MS solidified for me my above inspiration and the knowing that the most significant thing for myself, was to not leave this life without having bettered another's life somehow.
These donated canvases were a story board of hope and promise, of self-empowerment.
I wanted to help children become aware, they can always choose love (Shnoogy) over fear (Kruddy) and that one successful way to toss their Kruddy is through the extension of an act of kindness.
I was considerably challenged in my ability for most motion and speech by my MS at the time, but I found an empowering revelation, that as I painted these works, and visited in the hospital with the families and children, I grew stronger and healthier.
"Grow your power, share your light and this will make the whole world bright!"
In 6 months, upon completion of my 11 canvases, I was in full remission, (without any medication beyond this act of kindness). I credit kindness for healing me.
fourteen years later I have never gone back to that state of un-health.
I have learned, ‘Whenever you feel sad and blue just find another who needs you!”
Encouraged onward by the children and families of PCH, who loved my story and it’s message,
I have since written a book inspired from these 11 canvases, Angie Quinn’s Amazing Adventures with Shnoogy and Kruddy (A.Q.A.A.)
This has since culminated into a learning program for elementary age children, built around the theory of weekly practicing and sharing kindness, Kind Is Cool Kids. “Be the Hero that you seek!”
I have witnessed amazing results, so many paralleling what you speak of.
My web site is kindiscoolkids.com. KICK Start For Kids...My whole heart and faith is wrapped in believing kindness is healing and is capable of world change for the better.
Thank you for doing what you are doing!
I am so thrilled to find others that really get it!