Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.
One of the best tools we have to combat this pandemic is kindness. Kindness is something everyone needs, and everyone can do. The added stress we feel and fear we dread compound our normal stresses and fears. The new routines don’t fit right, frustrations mount, and worrying takes over our thoughts. Acts of kindness break through those dark walls. They reassure our connections to people around us and the broader community. Acts of kindness do not look for acknowledgment and pats on the back. A helping hand, a soothing word, even a simple smile could brighten the gloom. Many acts of kindness are small, yet they make an incredible impression.
Let’s Journal On!
- Primary Prompt: Think about one kind act you did for someone. It should be something that was not expected or something you were asked to do. Did you bring in the newspaper, make a card, or play quietly while Mom and Dad talked on the phone? Draw your act of kindness. Include the people you were kind to and the expression on all the faces. Label. Now write about your kind act.
- Intermediate Prompt: Think about a kind act someone has done for you. Consider the unexpected kindness you received just when you needed it. Did your sister let you have your favorite game piece even though she really likes it, or did your dad stop working to help you fix a bike chain? How did you feel, and did this act of kindness inspire you to do something kind to someone else? Write about it.
- Upper-Intermediate Prompt: What kind act did you witness during the COVID-19 lockdown? How did you feel when you saw this act happened? Who did it involve? Where did it happen? Did it inspire you to do something just because it was a nice thing to do? Write about it.
Until tomorrow, Everyone.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.