I bet you’re wondering what playing has to do with kindness.
I recently had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Carroll speak about his “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball“. You see, Kevin was abandoned by a drug-addicted mother at the age of six. Literally left abandoned in a trailer with his two brothers for many days without food until he finally had the courage to seek out help. Once safely in the care of his grandparents, he discovered the playground and a red rubber ball that ultimately led him to a military career in linguistics, a position as Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers, a place on the Yugoslavian Olympic basketball team, an agent of creative change at Nike, and now to speak and inspire people all over the world.
And it all started with play.
After all, where do dreams start? Kevin affirms, “They start when we’re playing, when we’re free to run and romp around. That’s when we imagine we’re something bigger than we are.”
We can’t choose where we start.
“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire
But we can, right now, impact the future of another being with a simple act of kindness. Give them the gift of play. This month, my friends, I ask that you give away a toy. It can go to your local Ronald McDonald House, a children’s hospital, a neighbor, a shelter (don’t forget animals need toys too!), or even to someone in your own home. It doesn’t have to be new or expensive. Sometimes all it takes to inspire imagination is a
red rubber ball.
Please share a picture of your gift or just tell your story on my Facebook page… it always inspires my readers to do great things!
Go now and spread the kindness friends!