This week I’ll be posting about topics inspired by reading Something Beyond Greatness by Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine. Today, I’d like to focus on how we get inspired to acts of kindness by watching others giving of themselves.
In chapter 9, “The Ripple Effect of Greatness,” the authors discuss how acts of kindness are contagious to those who observe them. It makes sense, of course, when a child grows up with domestic abuse, that child is more likely to grow up to be an abuser or victim.
Witnessing a good deed creates emotions of warmth, positivity, optimism, compassion and a desire to act. In the book, these feelings are called “elevation.”
However, one doesn’t have to see the act first hand to get the effects. You can read an inspirational book or news item, or watch a movie of people going above and beyond to help. Even a TV commercial can inspire us to act.
Some of the most inspirational books and movies I’ve read that got me off my butt and helping were:
- We Are Marshall~ How can you gripe about the little irritations and wanna give up after watching this movie (and Matthew McConaughey is a cutie).
- The Bible ~ Yes, definitely The Bible, lookit… Esther, Jesus, Paul and so many more who put their life on the line, literally DIED to help others. Regardless of your religious beliefs, how can you NOT be inspired by them?
- The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer ~ Bonhoeffer’s life in general, and this book especially, forces me to step up and get real, not to just whine about it. I think he’s one of the under-appreciated heroes of WWII.
What movies or books have you seen or read that inspired you?
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