At KIND we have discovered a real difference between what it means to be nice and what it means to be kind. Nice is polite but not always what we need to hear. Kind is honest and stands its ground. Nice doesn’t add to problems. Kind solves them. Nice is something you say. Kind is something you do. Now, more than ever, that extra effort is required to rediscover our shared humanity and tackle challenges related to misunderstanding and intolerance. To kick-start a conversation around the topic, KIND is releasing a storytelling series that illuminates this distinction and invites people to consider the difference between being nice and being kind, and act accordingly.
Meet Patrick “Patch” Reyes
Firefighter and Iraqi war veteran Patrick “Patch” Reyes is passionate about helping people during some of their darkest times. In addition to his career in fire service, Patch has been volunteering at Champ Camp, a camp for child burn survivors, for more than 5 years. “I think niceness is something we owe to each other as human beings, it seems to be more of a social courtesy. Kindness, you have to go out of your way to be kind,” he shared.
Join the #moreKIND Conversation
At KIND we have discovered a real difference between what it means to be nice and what it means to be kind. Being nice is passive, whereas being kind requires rolling up your sleeves to take action. Kindness requires courage. KIND is inviting people to share their own take on the difference between nice and kind by submitting a written essay, photo or video. A panel of judges, made up of entrepreneurs, creatives, journalists and activists, will select three winners who will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, along with resources, including cash prizes and photography/videography gear to help fund their next creative project. Contest ends December 18, 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here.