The world is full of misery and pains. The media overwhelm us with too many bad news than we can handle. Life throws many unexpected curves at us, some simply too curvy for us.
Are there any goodnews to be found anywhere? Any kind acts still existing around us? At first glance, it seems the answer is a fat NO.
But take your time and take a second look… yea, they are definitely there! Little acts of kindness, bits and pieces of goodnews.
That was the challenge for the past week. There are some kids I meet on daily basis in the community where I currently reside. Most of them are so loving and childish as only kids can be. Even the stubborn ones charm their way into my heart. One of them in particular cannot pass me anywhere without a shy hug and a smile. So I decided to celebrate my birthday with them. They have been kind to me in numerous ways, going on errands for me, accepting me into their community, being my friends with no strings attached.
They made my day in a special way, along with some other family and friends. I appreciate them all.
There is a radio programme around here where people can call in on certain days and talk about the challenges they are facing to see if there would be any good samaritan to help. It is through this medium that I came to realise that there are still many kind hearted people among us. They respond to these peoples’ pleas, go to hospitals to visit total strangers, contribute to pay their hospital bills, pray for them, do all manner of things to alleviate people’s sufferings – strangers at that!
A society I know in church has its sole mission to help the poor and the needy. From their pockets and donations, they assist the less privileged. What marvels me is the amount of sacrifice they put into this. It gives me hope for a better tomorrow.
Remember, we can all try a little kindness and be the change we want to see.
As most of you guys know, I signed up for Niki’s #Revofkindness challenge and for the first week, the focus is on Self compassion, being kind and gentle to myself.
I would have never imagined that this journey would start out not to be a child’s play. I mean, how was I to know that being a little kinder to myself will prove to be an uphill task? Neither did I expect that it would be this uplifting. Though Harry my friend tried to warn me on time!
To be a better person, spend less time filling out your personal scorecard and more time being kind . . . to you.
That is the path I started out on in the first week of the #Revifkindness challenge. It dawned on me that I tend to berate myself often enough for all my ‘shortcomings’ and hardly praise me for my good deeds and good side. My thinking revolves more around the things I need to achieve that I have not achieved and then I make a mincemeat of my achievements.
Why? I think I feel deep down that it will make me pompous or proud, so I repress them as much as I can while feeding my mind with what I am not good at. At another level, I compare myself with others and find myself falling short. How mean can I get with myself?
“ Accept where you are, accept what you have, accept who you are ~ do what you can with all of that and let it be enough.
Another milestone is the knowledge that I am beginning to learn to say NO when I mean no instead of saying yes when I mean no. I realise that it is powerful and liberating to be more assertive.
There is a friend that gets to hear some of the discussions I have been having with myself in my head these days. He was surprised that I could actually say those things about myself but he understands that I am going through a tough time presently so tries to push me back to my usual optimistic self. I am more grateful than he realises.
I deviate. But it goes to show how critical and mean I have become towards me.
I should reward myself more often and what better time to do that than on my birthday which is just four days away!
So this challenge has helped me see things more clearly. I now know it is a rough road to my destination but not an impossible feat. THANK YOU to Niki for this challenge.
It goes on…
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Life does not consist mainly – or even largely – of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
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The guy is not just a Sage but a clown too. A powerful combination if you ask me.
Inspired by the #Revofkindness Challenge.