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Acts of Kindness

May 18, 2012

This is a business known for being tough, a dog eat dog kind of world. So my suggestion may be a contrary, shocking novel idea, but can we all remember to try being kind?

As far as I’ve gotten on my own willpower and a toddler’s inability to understand the word “No”, a kind stranger here and there has helped me get the rest of the way there. I’ve seen it happen over and over again and the appreciation never diminishes. When I was auditioning for colleges, I was seventeen years old, at these strange schools that I had visited only once before when I met a student there, who was helping to run the auditions. I had a journal with me that day, so I could write down my impressions of how it went so I could overanalyze them for the weeks to come and his name ended up in that journal entry, because he was so kind and welcoming. I wanted to be there! I ended up deciding to go to college there, partly in thanks to him and incredibly happy that I did. (Later on, I did end up meeting him again officially and I thanked him for getting me here—an unforgettably priceless moment, he was so touched).

See what I mean?

More recently, I’ve been again the recipient of the random act of kindness: a stranger emailing me to say how much she liked my writing and wished more would be published. I woke up one morning to find my entire campus littered with Positive Post-It Notes. I’ve gotten into classes I wasn’t supposed to be in, because of a very kind professor. And a few weeks ago, I was having this terrible night; one of those where it seems the only thing you can do right is go to bed and get today done with. The last thing I had to do though, was help carry this extremely heavy flat across campus to where a show was going on that I had volunteered to help them load-in and my partner was late. Nowhere to be found and no response. Eventually, I gave up and put all my fury into dragging this set piece there. I passed people I knew and strangers who kept on walking until I was more than halfway there when a good Samaritan came out from behind the counter where she was working and helped me carry it all the rest of the way.

Not so recently but last October, I was doing a show, busking and bringing theatre to the people. We set up our little stage at a few town festivals and performed, afterwards passing our hats around to ask donations to support the arts. For our last show, we visited a nursing home and put on a performance for the residents! They enjoyed it immensely and we talked to them afterwards, they hoped that maybe more performers would come out and do a little show for them in the future.

Random acts of kindness don’t always need to be quite so big as a putting on a show like Mickey and Judy to entertain everyone but I don’t think it would hurt to do more good deeds throughout the day! Go out and hold a door for someone, pay for the person standing behind you in Starbucks, compliment a stranger, make cookies for your neighbor…in the meantime, I’m going to go do a good deed of my own.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2012 12:20 pm

    Love this. Kindness really goes a long way, and we could all use a little more of it in this biz. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. California Triple-Threat permalink
    May 18, 2012 3:04 pm

    Yes please. Let’s all be kind. What is theater without collaboration and community?

  3. May 21, 2012 9:53 am

    lovely post. I think those of us who live in New York can attest that despite this city’s tough reputation, we experience random acts of kindness all the time from strangers! It’s like all 9 million of us are trying our best to get along.

    My favorite one happened to me on a crowded subway car during allergy season, when I was sniffing and sniffing then searched in my bag and couldn’t find a tissue, so sniffed and sniffed more and all of a sudden, this hand came out of nowhere, snaking through the sardine-packed people on the car, and handed me a tissue. I couldn’t even see who the hand belonged to, it was that packed!!! After one stop a few people got off and I could see.. it was a short, young Latino man who was my tissue angel. So cool. You gotta love NY!


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