There's been a lot of talk lately about Patrick Angelo, recently dubbed "The Angel of Lower Wacker Drive," thanks to a great article/photo gallery in the Chicago Tribune that you can see here: Lower Wacker Drive Angel Dr. Angelo is one of thousands of angels with huge hearts in this great city, Chicago, who make it a priority to help the homeless struggling to survive nights on the streets. Some of us help several times a week, some come in from the suburbs once or twice a month, still others commit their acts of kindness randomly.
I've certainly received more than my fair share of recognition for my efforts, having been written about, featured on youtube videos and tv, and reading the article about Dr. Angelo made me think about things people say to me about Neighboring the Neighborless that truly make my heart sing. Compliments are always gratefully received but they're not why most of us do what we do. I hope the other angels in the city don't mind if I speak for everyone for a moment but I really want you to know what you tell us that puts joy in our hearts. For most of us, it really boils down to one thing: did we inspire you to do an act of kindness for someone?
This is the thing that makes me happy-dance. Oh hell, to be honest, I literally happy-cry when I hear that someone read about Neighboring the Neighborless and decided to do something in his or her own community. That "something" doesn't have to be a big thing. It doesn't have to be a thing you do every day, week, or month. But if you just do something kind for someone in the moment when you think of it.... you've done something! And that's amazing!
And when you tell me about it, my day = made.
To those of you who've emailed me and/or said hello on the facebooks in my group (found here: Change The World With Kindness) to tell me about the things you've done, are doing, or intend to do, thank you for encouraging and inspiring me!