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a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness: benignities born of selfless devotion.

I love movies. As a creative, I adore the theatre, plays, concerts and especially, film. I enjoy all aspects of it; in front of the screen, behind the screen and especially the writing process. A great movie is one that portrays the story in a way that completely draws you in and makes you forget where are you, for just a moment or two. The characters become like family. You have a connection with them.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was one of those movies. About a man that I have respected and looked up to since I was a little girl. A man who was born with and oozed benignity.

His answer to most of life’s questions was not filled with words and dissertations. It wasn’t a long, prepared list of suggestions or It was just two words, just six characters, ‘be kind’. Two little tiny words that can encompass the entire world and provide that slippery wish of world peace. If only this was our ‘go to’ each and every time there was discourse. Imagine, just for a moment, a world in which the only answer to every problem was, ‘be kind’.

Think about what the face of the political arena would look like. Instead of features lined with anger, hate, revenge

and envy, their appearance would be softened with gentleness, self-control and kindness. Two complete different views of the spectrum.

Mr. Rogers was a man of wisdom. A man of few words, but those words were larger than life.

My life goal is to emulate the quiet actions of this gentle man. To think first, act less and for kindness to be my first reaction, not my second.

Creatively His, Sue:)


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