Here is a story of courage and kindness. It is awe-inspiring, even 18 years later. A lesson to be learned here.
In 1996 Keisha Thomas was in a group of demonstrators who were protesting against the white supremacy organization known as the KKK. When a man assumed to be a member of this organization, is attacked by a mob of people, Keisha throws herself down on top of this man to stop the violence. Endangering herself to help a man she believes hates her. Amazing courage and kindness that not many of us can say we possess with certainty.
The man is saved and although she has never heard from him, she was thanked by the man’s son. And that she says is even more significant because violence begets violence and perhaps this act of courage and kindness broke the cycle of hatred and violence.
Keisha is now in her mid-thirties and her attitude shows she still possesses that courage and kindness. She also has a positive and wise outlook saying, “The biggest thing you can do is just be kind to another human being. It can come down to eye contact, or a smile. It doesn’t have to be a huge monumental act.”*
This woman is inspiring! Kindness is the medicine to fix all ills. Kindness and love can change the world. Yes you are only one person, but so was Keisha when she chose to stand up for a man against others, to do what she felt was right, despite the circumstances that could’ve easily made her turn her back to it. Yet she made a difference to that man and his family. And to others she’s inspired.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
Let’s choose to be kind. Let’s chose to love. Let’s chose to be positive influences in this world.
Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!
*quoted from http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24653643