A friend of mine signs every email with the signature, “Be kind. It costs you nothing, and the rewards are limitless.” I’ve been reflecting on these words this week, as our world feels increasingly divided and uncertain. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like there’s nothing we can do, but a simple act of kindness can make a daily difference in someone’s life – and usually makes us feel better too! Whether it’s helping a neighbor bring their trash cans out, letting a stranger go in front of you at the grocery store, or surprising a friend with a gift or small gesture, little actions can brighten someone’s day.
When my daughter Panda and I walk our neighborhood, I see how she makes an effort to greet our neighbors, complimenting their gardens, lawn art and/or pets. I can see her face light up when they smile back – the joy she has in giving joy to others. Each smile, compliment or kind gesture we share with each other brings us together. It is what I love about our community, the deep care and compassion we have for one another. So as we enter this season of gratitude, I hope you’ll take a moment to spread some love in our community, share a small act of kindness, and know you are making the world a better place.
Warmly, Mayor Cassie
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