Be the Spark
We have all been asking the question lately, where has civility gone? Our country right now seems to be a tinderbox of divisiveness. No matter your political views, we could all stand for a little more kindness and generosity of spirit these days. Here is a perfect example of someone who chose to be a spark for good with a simple act of kindness.
This week’s “Lessons Learned” goes to 15-year old Clara Daly from Calabasas, CA. The 10th grader recently was taking a trip with her family when fate intervened. When their flight from Boston to LA was cancelled the airline put them on another flight with a layover in Portland, Oregon. Meantime on that flight was a passenger named Tim Cook who was both deaf and blind. The flight attendants had no way to communicate with him – and made an announcement over the intercom asking if anyone on board knew sign language. Fortunately, Clara was there to help. She had taken ASL for over a year and volunteered. She would sign-spell words directly into Tim’s hand. Clara helped Tim throughout the entire cross country trip and at the end he called her over just to talk because he was lonely. The passengers seated all around were so impressed with Clara they started taking pictures and one of the passengers posted the story on her Facebook page. And so did Clara’s mother who was obviously very proud.
I spoke with Clara on “Access” this week about her simple act of kindness.
While she says she was just doing what anyone would do, Clara is the example we need right now of people stepping up to offer a helping hand or just sitting down to have a chat. We need one another now more then ever and we need to be a spark for good deeds and actions which often can become contagious. Let your spark light a fire of goodwill like Clara’s did.
And thanks to Clara for reminding us all that our future is bright with young people who have such compassion!