Ever notice how just one small act of kindness can make a big difference? This week, Miami Beach announced its participation in the #ChooseKind City Initiative, an effort sparked by R.J. Palacio’s Wonder novel. Last night, Commissioner Micky Steinberg hosted a special screening of Wonder, the movie.
Wonder, about a boy born with a severe facial deformity, has been used in school curriculums in discussions on kindness, bullying, responsibility, overcoming challenges, and friendship. While a movie theater full of City employees, residents, members of the local business community and their children watched, kindness at its best unfolded on screen.
Steinberg has championed Miami Beach’s participation in the City of Kindness movement, a coalition of organizations seeking to inspire a culture of kindness with a goal of “affecting meaningful change among schools, professionals, young people, elected officials and companies”. Since the City Commission voted earlier this year to join the coalition, there have been “kindness challenges” among residents, City staff, and visitors, encouraging them to practice kindness in every area of their life.
“In today’s age, kindness is something we could all use a little more of,” said Steinberg. “Its benefits are contagious and engaging the community in random acts of kindness creates a cycle of paying it forward.”
“We are thrilled to see so many schools, businesses and community groups decide to participate this month by holding their own #ChooseKind initiatives,” added Steinberg. “What’s more exciting is to see residents of all ages find the smallest ways to lead kinder lives every day and make Miami Beach an even better place to live, work and play.”
Highly recommend Wonder, the movie: touching and uplifting. It opened today at Regal Cinema South Beach on Lincoln Road. #MBeKind and #ChooseKind.