In November, while reading O Magazine, I came across a featured local hero, Patience Salgado. I can understand why she was identified as a local hero after I read her story. Her mission is not only to spread kindness, but pass it on in thoughtful and clever ways. She says, “I am completely obsessed with the idea that random acts of kindness can change the world.” Salgado’s blog, Kindnessgirl.com, displays kindness in motion, in her family, neighbors and strangers miles away. From one letter that Salgado received, a mother expressed that she wanted to honor the memory of her son, and with that Salgado made a suggestion to readers for people to have a dinner (for Jimmy). The response to that suggestion was incredible. There were so many pictures of friends and families who got together for dinner to celebrate the life of one man, who many had never met, simply because kindness is contagious.
Salgado also leads the charge for Guerrilla Goodness (GG). According to Salgado, GG is, “intentional, anonymous acts of kindness performed in playful, creative ways for strangers, friends and family.” There are plenty of missions listed under GG that, if you choose to accept the mission, you’ll have fun in giving. Patience Salgado has experienced both receiving and giving kindness and came to realize that it would be her life’s work. For many people who have it within them to give, but aren’t sure how to go about it, the Kindness Girl and her Guerrilla Goodness can certainly help.
Casually speaking and all the best,