I am one of those lucky people who grew up in a joint family that was rich in every way except financially. Every member was generous to a fault and exuded kindness. Not even one hesitated to take the shirt off their backs to give to someone in need. As far as food was concerned, don’t even ask! There was always an extra plate which was lovingly served—either to a visitor who turned up unannounced, or to someone in the locality. Of course, almost every day we had street dwellers at our door, confident that they would not be turned away.
Over the years, I’ve seen my Mom always carry a bag of something to eat each time she stepped out of the house—it could be food or something else to give away.
And of course, while growing up I have often wondered how my folks could consistently be nice, but today, I know it takes tremendous strength to always be kind, both in word and action, especially when all one wants to do is—oh you know what I mean!
My uncle often said that he never wanted to sleep feeling guilty about treating someone badly. I must agree!
Which got me humming:
Kindness is as easy as A to Z
A Ask yourself, what kindness can I practice today? Do a random act of kindness. It can be as easy as smiling at someone, or telling them they look good
B Be kind to yourself. Yes, you as much as anyone, deserve your kindness. Why not take five minutes off to enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage? I recommend coffee
C Compliment 2 people today, Cook a little extra, pack it up and go give it to someone who needs it Easy, no? Or just share what you have
D Donate a book, money, blood, food, clothes
E Encourage someone – send loving messages to five people you know. Just email them, message them
F Find three things in your closet to give away today
G Give a gift for no reason
H Help someone with your skill. Help someone cross the road, carry their bags.
I Invite your neighborhood workers for a cup of tea. This one works for me as there’s always some work going on. Or just offer any worker a cup of tea.
J Jazz up someone’s day by giving them flowers.
K Keep a jar and put a coin in it every day. When it fills up, donate it or use it to buy something for someone
L Listen to someone who wants to talk and needs a friendly ear
M Make a greeting card for someone and post it/email it to them with a loving message.
N Nourish yourself. It can be with good thoughts, good food, good books.
O Omit one thing from your day that makes you unhappy
P Phone someone you haven’t been in touch with, and have been meaning to call
Q Quit complaining for 7 days. Before you know it, it will become a habit. If you smoke, do yourself a favor. Quit.
R Reciprocate an act of kindness you’ve received
S Smile at everyone you see. I know, I am repetitive with that!
T Thank all the people you meet today, including the lift operator and all those workers who make a difference in your life
U Unplug your devices for an hour. Go out for a walk. Breathe that fresh air.
V Volunteer. Visit your local welfare home and give something.
W Write a gratitude journal, write a letter to someone who has shown you kindness
X Xpress your “I love you” to each family member, the ones that live with you and the ones in other places. Do it now.
Y Yield. If you are being stubborn about something trivial, give in. Now. It is okay to put a smile on someone’s face. And your own.
Z Zzzz. Yes, promise yourself you’ll get enough sleep.
I challenge you to do at least five of these acts of kindness.
Let me know which ones in the comments