Kindness is such a buzz word at the moment, it is really on-trend throughout the social world.
When was the last time that you did something for someone and not wanting something in return? Or when was the last time you helped someone out without having an angle behind it?
The definition of Kindness is, quoted from google dictionary;
the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Showing kindness doesn’t have to be in a sum of money or gift giving it can be as simple as smiling at someone or opening the door and letting another person go before you.
The kids and l went to Chadstone a few weeks ago. Super brave of us, and the one thing that l noticed was that the kindness was gone from others.
There was no, you go first, or I’ll move a little quicker so you don’t have to wait so long. It was every man for themselves. The question is ‘have we always been like this as a society?’ Or ‘is this the new normal now?’
Quick l have to beast everyone, because l have to get this done and l have to be first, l don’t care who l cut off or who it upsets as long as l get what l want.
This is definitely not the world l want my children to grow up in, this is not how l want my children to act.
Taking the time to think of others, seeing things from their perspective, and not judging them for the way they are acting, is a great lesson that l keep reminding myself about and also educating my kids in.
It is so easy to do, to put a label on someone. But really do you know their story? Do you know what they are battling today? Or do you want to know?
I had a friend who l used to train with and he would always be smiling at people even when he didn’t want to. I asked him one day, ‘why?’ His response was ‘you don’t know what that person is going through, and giving them a smile lets them know that l see them and the smile could be making the difference between a bad day or a good day.’
That has always stuck with me, showing kindness is one of the simplest acts we can do as humans.
Showing kindness to plant seeds so that later on down the track you get something out of the act, isn’t cool in my book. I believe that this is the time that there is no ‘you scratch my back, ill scratched your back’ kinda deal. And the sad thing is, is that you can see it happening if you follow the timeline of events.
Also talking about or posting about kindness, doesn’t count, the act needs to be selfless. Kindness isn’t something that l believe should be boosting about on socials, it's something for and the other party.
I challenge you over the silly season which isn’t far to show acts of kindness, one a day, from anything that is small to as grand as you would like it to be. It could be as simple as smiling at someone, saving a hairless cat, or even donating a boat - whatever you choose.
Do you think you can do it?