World Kindness Day being around, I would not mention the theoretical, non-practical, political statements about showing kindness.
Instead, I would like to quote “Be Kind to Yourself by Being Kind to Others”.
Kindness is an expression/ gesture and a bunch of qualities or rather synonyms.
I want to mention few:
Stop Judging: Most of us have a habit of Judging everyone we come across on the basis of what we see or what we think and assume it as our right to label anyone without any consideration or further investigation.
STOP JUDGING as you don’t know:
- The reason behind someone’s act – his/her thoughts/ knowledge/ intentions.
- The mental or physical state the fellow person is in.
- The consequences of your action – which might be quite disturbing, even devastating at times, for the other.
Let me give an example; when you quote a mother for not keeping her house clean or label her as “messy”; you clearly have no idea about how it is to manage chores with an active baby around; you have not even thought once how much tired she would be that she didn’t clear the room; you didn’t even bother to give her a benefit of doubt that she might have collected the toys for million times before giving up and letting her baby enjoy his childhood.
Show Empathy: Going beyond your limits and helping someone is not always possible and not even required.
Just few words of empathy are enough to raise a losing person’s moral, cheer up a disappointed fellow, energize a hard- worker, encourage a failing student, instigating hope in a depressed individual.. And “WORDS DON’T COST”!!
Be Considerate: Not everyone is lucky to possess good health, wealth, opportunities, guidance, and access to appropriate information.
Simply APPRECIATING THE EFFORTS and being considerate for the actions is enough to spread Kindness and Love.
For example, a restaurant waiter might lose his job for dropping soup on your expensive designer dress. For you, dress is more important, but for his family- it’s his job. FORGIVING will not be that difficult if you consider his plight.
In today’s world, there is enough hatred around. We need Kindness and Love.
As mother’s, it’s our responsibility to inculcate these feelings in our kids. Young minds are adaptive and they follow what they see. Setting examples will give them lessons they won’t forget whole life, rather than plain meaningless words.
BE KIND! SPREAD LOVE !!
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