Acts of Kindness
Man spots woman at bus stop waiting for bus in dirt & goes home to find scrap wood to bring back
He was so upset when he saw the woman in the dirt then he rushed home to do something about it.
Ma Fatima Garcia

We find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes, we don’t even have to look hard.

One day, James Warren was just strolling in his Denver neighborhood. Then he noticed something that made him stop.

“A woman was waiting for the bus, sitting in the dirt. And I was like, ‘Oh man, that sucks.’ That’s not dignified at all. We need to be doing better by our fellow city members,” Warren said in his interview with CBS News.

While waking back home, he couldn’t shake the image that he saw. So he thought to himself, maybe he could do something about the situation.

Then an idea came to him. He could build a bench.

It was a simple idea to help someone at that bus station. Warren didn’t realize that it was the start of something big.

He went home and looked for some scrap wood, and he immediately found some, thanks to all the discarded wood from construction sites near his home.

Warren also knew how to make a bench because he grew up around tools and had the skills.

He successfully built one bench around the beginning of the year, and then he went back to the bus stop to put it there.

His mission didn’t stop there.

Warren had built eight different benches. Each one looked different since he used different materials, most of them recycled.

Aside from using recycled materials, he could also place these benches at different bus stops.

“I just kind of let the wood speak to me,” Warren said.

Depending on his schedule, materials, and inspiration, it may take a few hours to build one bench.

Each bench has two words written on it, “Be Kind”.

A small reminder for everyone that being kind is free and you can give it to anyone.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to really make a change in the world around us, or it can feel really difficult to make a change in the world around us, Warren said.

If you view change as a whole, you might feel overwhelmed, but you don’t have to do something grand. In fact, by just being kind, you already have an impact on your community.

“But the truth is, anyone can be kind. And by being kind, you can make a difference in the world around you. And that difference matters a lot. So, maybe just a little reminder to people,” Warren continued.

It’s true. One act of kindness out of love can make a difference.

What’s great is that Warren had already inspired other people to do the same.

People followed him on his Twitter account, and once, he placed a bench at one bus stop and learned that people decorated the bench.

Some people donate materials, while some also build benches. It is a positive domino effect that changes the world.

No act is too small, remember that. As long as you do it from your heart, then that’s enough. We can all make a difference in this world.

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.