It doesn't hurt. You lose nothing.
There are so many people in this world going through a myriad challenges or situations each day.
Some of us face inner and outer battles on a day to day basis. Most of us.
It would help cushion emotions if you just worked in your way to kindness in some little way.
Smile at them. It's the best form of kindness you can ever show to anyone.
Don't give a fake smile though. Mean it.
Kindness should not be an effort. It should flow naturally from all of us not only to our
fellow beings but also to all creatures big or small.
We all have a place in this universe. And we share this space with each one of us who are
living in it at this very moment. These are the people who share this moment in time with us. There
are no replacements for them.
That man who walks with a slight tilt to his body. The child who looks up at you while on her way to school
every day in the morning. The old lady who lugs three heavy bags back from work at night.
The kitten that comes around from the neighbour's garden to see if you are cooking some fish and hoping even more that you might want to share some while you both satisfy your 2am cravings in the moonlit darkness.
They all make up part of our reality, the here and now for you. Be nice to them. Acknowledge them every once in a while.
Whenever possible. All you have to do is come a little out of your comfort zone. Very little.
We should celebrate kindness just like we celebrated Rakshabandan yesterday, our birthdays every year and rejoice in what a beautiful gift to the human race it is to be.
It's not that hard. It doesn't need that much courage.
Practise perhaps one kindness at a time. Keep doing the same repetitive act over and over again
till it becomes a habit. And it also gets easier.
For example, whenever someone drops an item when grocery shopping, I pick it up for them.
And it happens a lot. People keep dropping stuff all the time. Now it's habitual for me to pick stuff up for someone who has dropped it. Bending over doesn't hurt for me and it's possible.
So I don't just pick up objects, I pick up midgets who fall.
Kids keep falling down. In playgrounds, at the mall, everywhere you look there are falling kids.
And there is that moment when they fall, that they realize that they are down and hurt.
I pick them up promptly so they don't start crying and want their parents to beat up the floor.
And I smile at them. The beautiful and amazing next generation of us.
Most of them end up wailing back in to your face but at least they are back up on their feet.
I love picking up kids who fall. Call me crazy. It's a rare moment that I get to connect with them.
Kindness can be huge or as small as what I have just described.
Share your food with someone, your smile, your bending techniques, whatever....Just Share :)
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