Be a Rainbow in Somebody Else’s Cloud

An act of kindness benefits not only the recipient but also the giver and anyone who witnesses it. The good feelings we experience as the result of kindness not only increase our personal well-being; they also help to create a community where everyone feels connected and supported.

Linden Grove School staff members teach and encourage kindness in many ways, formally and informally, throughout the year. Read, for example, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? or Wonder—A Story about Kindness. But November 13—World Kindness Day—serves as a special reminder not only to include lessons about kindness in the classroom, but also of the importance of “being kind” for ourselves and our community.

This year for World Kindness Day, Linden Grove School encourages everyone in our community and beyond to “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” through acts of kindness, no matter how small.

The “rainbow in the clouds” metaphor, as explained by Maya Angelou in an interview, comes from a 19th-century African-American song: When it looks like the sun wasn’t going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds. Dr. Angelou added, “I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds,” and she carried these “rainbows” with her wherever she went, drawing strength from their support. To hear Dr. Angelou, click the text link above or watch below.

Dr. Angelou also encouraged people to apply the “rainbow in the clouds” philosophy to their own lives: “The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”


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