Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
The world needs more kindness.
We need to care for and care about one other, regardless of our similarities – or our differences. While you are unique, your neighbor is, too. And so is that woman sitting alone in the coffee shop, reading. Or that older man sitting on the bench, under the tree, feeding the birds.
Everyone faces their own journey, complete with highs and lows, triumphs and struggles. Some you those can see, while other challenges are internal. With that in mind, give people a little extra time or attention – it goes a long way.
Recently, I read a story about a mother whose son has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Taking her one-year old son, Kaden, to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, Florida, Katie Myers was moved to share her experience on social media when a young boy assisted her son in doing the things he wanted to do at the aquarium – and could not, because of his disease. Katie Myers’ post has received more than 246,000 “likes” and over 57,000 shares. All because the young boy who assisted Kaden didn’t see his differences, but rather his sameness – his desire to have fun, explore, and learn.
That motivated me to share this story
Kindness. We all need it. Spontaneous acts of kindness bubble up from the soul, touching those around us. Its beauty is that it sticks with us, and we get to pay it forward.
See and listen with your heart, as well as with your eyes and ears. Many times, the regular five senses don’t reveal the whole story.
Kindness doesn’t cost a cent, but it does demand a quick investment of time, heart, and emotion. Take a chance, and put yourself out there. Open your eyes, ears, and heart. Someone is going through a challenging time, whether or not they admit it.
Tell us some of your stories about when you committed a kind act or someone did for you.