This past week I binge watched a documentary segment called the Kindness Diaries. This was one of the best documentaries I have ever watched. I highly suggest checking it out for yourself. The short synopsis is a man travels the world on relaying only on the kindness of others. Once in a while when he meets someone extraordinary he repays that persons kindness with a life changing gift.
This documentary got me thinking how can I incorporate this message of kindness in my own life? What can I give selflessly to others? I began to think about my photography. Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel to some of these poor underprivileged places and tell the stories of these people. While I would love the opportunity to do that some day. I had to bring myself back to reality. Currently it is not within my business financial means and I have two very small children who depend on me and a husband who works crazy hours. Traveling to Africa or India or any other impoverished country is just not in my immediate future. I can only hope that someday I will be in the place to do that but that place just isn’t today.
A few blog posts back I talked about blooming where you are planted. Instead of giving up and saying well I will just wait till my children are older, and my business is flourishing so much that I have the time and money to go on this journey. I thought about what I can do today in the circumstance I am in. What can I do to spread the message kindness matters? After some long deliberation I came up with a plan. A plan to incorporate kindness into my business. I am not sure if many successful CEO’s or companies think about kindness when they are rolling out their business plans, probably not but I don’t want to be like everyone else I want to be me. So here is my kindness matters initiative. Here is me doing my part to spread joy & kindness to other’s in our community and maybe one day eventually the world. I realize that while I think family photos are priceless and invaluable. I realize that if you are struggling to pay your bills, or survive investing in family photos would be out of reach. I believe everyone deserves to preserve their family memories no matter what your situation. To do my small part in spreading that message of kindness.
I have decided that once a year, I will offer a kindness matters event to our community. The main reason for this event is to spread the message of kindness to others. Like throwing a rock in a pond and watching the ripple that small rock spreads through the water. Im hoping to bring that to our community.
The price for this event will be set by you, not me. The honor system pay what you can afford. If you can afford to pay more to help pay for someone who can’t thats wonderful. If you can’t afford my normal session fee but would like to have amazing family photos then pay whatever you can. The only thing that I will ask in return that in some small way they pass on an act of kindness to someone else. I hope to inspire others to use their gifts to do good and spread the message of kindness and love. If everyone did one small thing to selflessly help someone else wouldn’t this world be a much better place.