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Kiwanis of Mill Creek’s Kindness Wall - Be a Positive Influence Online

Our “Kindness Wall” is intended to bring acts of kindness to the community and to create bonds.  This week’s act of kindness is meant to encourage everyone to think about the effect our words have on others and to be kind online.
his week's Act of Kindness. Photo courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek.

By Greg Elwin, Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek Media Relations Coordinator.

The mission of the Kiwanis of Mill Creek is to empower our members to improve our community by making lasting differences in the lives of children.

This starts with kindness.  Kindness to each other creates the bond of community, and community helps us all lead safe, happy and fulfilling lives!  Our “Kindness Wall” is intended to bring acts of kindness to the community, but since we are all social distancing, we share our Kindness Wall with you – virtually.

This week’s act of kindness!

Social media – current events – local, regional and national areas of interest – politics – religion – sports – communities – families. Nothing is immune from the effects of comments made online – either anonymously from basements or publicly from pulpits.  

The impact of words is amongst the most significant powers individuals and groups can wield. With great power comes great responsibility. Whether we are in leadership positions – politicians, CEO’s and the like – or we are just regular folks working and living – the words we speak and the comments we make have impact.

Comments made online – through blogs, social media or other internet presence – have a compounded effect in that not only are the words read, they never go away. If a post is deleted, it has already been screenshotted, shared and commented on.  Let’s take responsibility for our ‘great responsibility’ and think about what we type! Let our words be a positive influence!

So, in this spirit, we present to you this week’s kindness act: Be a positive influence online with kind comments.

Never before in any of our lives have we experienced this major collision of a pandemic, politics, social justice, mental health and interpersonal relationship issues.  Never before in history has access to information and the instantaneous sharing of thoughts been more readily accessible.  Never before has there been more of a need for kindness!  

Act now!  Be a positive influence with your online presence – and carry that over to your families, neighborhoods and communities!

We would love to hear about how you were able to take this simple act and make a difference! Please share in the reader comments section here and on your social media pages. You can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Kiwanisofmillcreek/.

The Kiwanis of Mill Creek meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 PM.  While we are under Covid-19 restrictions, our meetings are held via Zoom.  Once we can again gather, our meetings are held at the Mill Creek City Council Chambers, 15728 Main Street, Mill Creek WA.  If you are interested in attending a Zoom meeting, please email elwingregory@gmail.com.

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