The Platform I chose was Kindness. It seems like such a simple thing, so easy to do, yet most forget to practice it on a daily basis. We get busy with school, work and activities and we forget to be kind. Being kind daily takes effort and something that needs to be practiced. We need to use kind words and kind actions daily. We need to stop ourselves and think “Is what I am saying kind?” “Is what I am doing kind?”.
Being a kind person will go a long way in solving social issues. If we all practiced kindness there would be no bullying, no exclusion, or taunts and harassment. Energies would be spent focusing on doing helpful positive things rather than bringing others down.
I think starting with younger children would help too. If young children were taught about kindness and shown how to be kind, at home, at school and in the community and they were challenged to practice kindness daily our world would certainly change. But it’s just not for the children it’s for everyone.
We need to remember to be kind to ourselves. To be positive about who we are, what we look like and the kind of person we are. We need to accept the things we cannot change about ourselves and work to show case the strengths we do have.
We need to remember to be kind to animals, to protect them and care for them and share our earth respectfully with them.
We need to remember to be kind to our world, to look after it, preserve it, and make sure it is able to sustain us and continue to grow.
We need to remember to be kind to all people, no matter who they are or where they are from.
Practicing kindness takes effort but it is catching. It is easily spread form person to person. It just begins with you.
I have been spreading this platform at my different events. I spoke about it at my Talent Night as well as I visited two elementary schools and read Kindness stories to the students and discussed ways they could be kind. If I was Miss Teenage Canada I would continue to visit Elementary schools and promote Kindness. I would continue to read stories to them and use a Power Point to talk about different issues and how we could resolved them using Kindness. I would challenge the students to have a Kindness bulletin board and see how many kind things they could do in a month. I think designing cute Be Kind T-shirts would be great for the younger children to wear once they finished their challenge. For older students I would promote the Think Before You Speak motto: T-is it Truthful H-is it Helpful I-is it Inspiring N-is it Necessary K-is it Kind. Some teachers already have these posters in their classrooms. I would provide these posters for all classrooms and go in and talk to the students about Kindness. Again we would brainstorm ways to be kind, at home, at school and in our community. For the adults I would offer a Facebook Challenge to do Random Acts of Kindness and Pay It Forward. I would promote daily challenges and see how many people completed their tasks of Kindness and share what sort of things they did to inspire others. Kindness is catching, we just have to start somewhere!