There is a special concept of charity known in Islam as sadaqah and Judaism as tzedakah which refers to the continuance of one good deed causing a ripple effect that will continue to give long after we are gone from this life. Fred Dings refers to these as the “unremembered acts of kindness” that are never lost. We all come in contact with these ghosts of benevolence in our lives – whether impacted by the sacrifices of those who came before us, or whether we carry a small kind word with us in our day to day. The act of benevolence can feel thankless, at times. But your unseen hands may life others around you in ways you’ll never come to know or understand. Whose acts of kindness do you carry with you? How might you be a sky full of stars for someone else?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC