Fashion trends come and go. The latest model of a mobile phone comes out every six months. People are always constantly reminding us that ‘we need to get with the times’. The definition of modernity is constantly changing.
Yeah, it can get very difficult to keep up.
If there is one thing that will never go out of fashion, it is kindness. Kindness is not just an accessory that you wear. It isn’t exactly the latest tech-savvy gadget or something material. Kindness is ultimately more than all of that.
Kindness transforms the entire person – body and soul. It can transform the universe.
In a world where there are differing ideals in morality, religion and truth, kindness is the one virtue that opens up the avenue to make reconciliation possible. It tramples on indifference and the obsession with individualism.
SO… in what ways can we increase our #randomactsofkindess?
KINDNESS IN LITTLE THINGS
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan
Rome wasn’t built in a day therefore proving we can’t change the world overnight. We can’t underestimate the power that is in our hands. We also can’t underestimate the power that little acts of kindness have among society.
Sometimes on my commute back from Sydney city, I take the opportunity to read mX Talk where Sydneysiders have their everyday opinions read. If I had a dollar for every time someone complained about courtesy on public transport, I could make poverty history. No, seriously.
This simple observation goes to show that simple acts of kindness like lending an elderly person a seat, letting someone through the train doors first and being the first to smile can ultimately make someone’s day.
It goes to show that kindness is contagious. I like to see it as a domino effect, but remember if we want see the dominos fall, someone has to have the humility to give of themselves first.
“A society of respect doesn’t start on the premise of ‘I will be respectful if you are respectful.’” – Unknown
Yes, I am encouraging you to make kindness the number one trending topic on social media. Let’s aim to make it the number one project. Write about it. Speak about it. Act it out.
Here are two initiatives that got the ball rolling:
More Love Letters has a simple mission: make love famous. It allows people to post testimonies about someone they care about. In turn, people left, right and centre of the universe who have read it can write a love letter back to that person.
Imagine opening a package at your door to 100 love letters from random people you have never met from different continents telling you that you are worth it?
Join in on the hashtag #randomactsofkindness. The more people join in, the more awareness and influence it has on society as a whole.
The advantage of promoting kindness through social media and in the hashtag in particular is that it can reach a broader audience faster.
SO… what can you do to spread kindness?
“Every choice we make sends ripples out into the world. Our smallest acts of kindness can cause a chain reaction of unforeseen benefits for people we’ve never met. We might not witness those results, but they happen all the time.” – Jake Bohm from ‘Touch’ (2012)