In the United States, Houston is one of the major cities for refugee resettlement. It is one of the biggest factors in what makes Houston the beautiful, diverse, culturally vibrant city that it is today. So what is something we can all do to help bring a smile to the faces of people who have seen all too much suffering and struggle? Too often, we think we are just one, so how can we possibly make a difference? But I say, we can. If we each do just a small thing, those small things will add up to big things. We can rise up together and bring more happiness to this world. As the Dalai Lama XIV said, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”.
So here is my call to action.
Write a handwritten letter of encouragement to a refugee in the United States. Offer words of inspiration, encouragement, appreciation, a handwritten "hug". It doesn’t have to be anything overly done, just a simple note to bring a smile to the face. It is a simple, welcoming gesture like this that can make a world of difference. It is kindness.