DIRECTOR OF KINDNESS
Would be nice if it was, though. Would've been especially nice this sad, frightening, contentious year to have a day which we all spent being kind to each other.
However, if the U.S. as a whole is at the moment behind the World Kindness Day curve, I learned
on the same day I learned about World Kindness Day that Columbus, Ohio is ahead on the national kindness-as-a-movement curve.
It so happens, I learned, that our city has a Director of Kindness. Not, that is to say, as a member of the municipal administration, but rather as part of the staff of the Columbus Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization whose stated mission is "strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents."
A couple of years ago the Columbus Foundation started an initiative called Kind Columbus, the purpose of which is to cultivate and facilitate acts of kindness in our city.
This position was filled by Dr. Amy Acton,
In her soft-spoken, sincere voice Dr. Acton always preached mask-wearing, social distancing and sheltering in place as acts of kindness that we do for each other to keep each other safe. In fact she regularly wove the message of the need for us to care for ourselves and each other into her daily COVID-19 update briefings with the Governor.
However Amy Acton has repaid the unkindness she received with the kindness she now promotes in her job as the Director of Kind Columbus. And in honor of World Kindness Day she shared a beautiful, soothing message on the importance of all of us helping each other get through these hard, dark days by shining the light of kindness on one another.
Do watch it. It will do your heart good.