Tidbits of positivity can go a long, long way

A little positivity can go a long way.

I think Maya Angelou put it best: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

We all have those dark clouds - struggles and tough times - that hover over us at times. That’s why it’s important we remember the power of kindness. A little smile can go a long way in brightening someone’s day and making those clouds go away, or at least not seem so suffocating.

One person who understands that is Mary Latham.

The 30-year-old New York native is on a journey across America to document acts of kindness in all 50 states.

Mary hasn’t always appreciated the true power an act of kindness can have on someone’s life. It took a storm in her personal life - her mother’s battle with cancer - that would spark her new mindset. Shortly before her mother died, Pat Latham reminded her daughter to appreciate the good in life by placing the focus on it instead of the bad.

This inspired Mary to start a Facebook page that would later lead her to embark on a cross country journey to find kindness from South Carolina to Southern California.

The theme of her road trip is called More Good.

It’s a fitting name in a world that often seems to have more bad in it. From terrorism to political divides, it’s easy to be overcome with the bad news. To be honest, it’s downright depressing sometimes.

Mary is trying to change that mindset so many of us have. We need more people like her.

There’s a lot of things in this world that we can’t change, but we can control our attitude and how we treat others.

I know there are a lot of good people in this world, including here in Barnwell County, who do great things. A lot of it is unseen by many because the people do it out of love, not in order to gain recognition.

I consider it a privilege to share some of those with you through this newspaper. However, there are a lot of little acts of kindness that happen that often get left out of these pages.

I hope to change that.

If you see someone being a rainbow during a cloudy time in someone else’s life, please let us know. It could be as simple as making tasty treats for law enforcement officers.

I believe it’s important to promote acts of kindness because it could inspire someone else.

One inspiring example of paying it forward is Chloe Wix. After she heard about money being embezzled by a former treasurer of Circle Theatre, this young girl emptied her piggy bank and donated every cent to the theatre. This inspired her mother Trina to match the amount, equaling more than $100. Trina’s Facebook post about her 7-year-old daughter’s generosity sparked someone else to donate. Months later someone else donated $100 to the theatre in Chloe’s honor.

So, I am issuing a challenge to all who read this to please look for those opportunities to be kind to your fellow man. It doesn’t have to cost you a dime.

If you see or have benefitted from an act of kindness, you can email me at jonathan.vickery@morris.com or call 259-3501. It might be included in the paper in a new column I’m calling “Tidbits of Positivity”.

After all, a little kindness can go a long way!