President's Message

Random Acts of Kindness

Do you know someone who simply exudes kindness? He or she is quick with a smile and always looking to pay a compliment. This is the kind of person who makes you feel like you could learn from them and become a little nicer each day.

It was just such a person who recently nominated me for an award. The accolade is nice, but what really touched me is that this person did this without my knowledge and with no interest in personal gain. Honestly, I didn’t even know that I would be considered for the award. When I received notification, I was stunned—and immediately inquired as to who had put my name in the proverbial hat. The person on the other end of the phone was a little surprised. “You didn’t know you’d been nominated? We’ve never been asked such a question.”

Over my years with ICHRIE, I’ve noticed that we have many of these kind souls among us. And maybe I’m biased, but I’m certain that ICHRIE members perform more random acts of kindness than members of most other professional organizations. Sure, we are by our very mission all about hospitality, but what I’ve seen goes way beyond this. Sometimes it can be witnessed in the quick offer to meet for a drink or the common practice of pouring your tablemate’s wine before your own. (I realize this is a cultural custom for some, but today it seems to have become the norm at ICHRIE.)

The lesson here is that random acts of kindness simply make the world a better place. What if every person performed a random act of kindness every day? (Many of you probably do this; I’m still working on it!) I suspect that we’d have less crime, less strife, and maybe even fewer wars. Granted, this may not bring world peace overnight, but wouldn’t it be a good start?