Five Random Acts of Kindness
As the lovely Princess Diana has once said,
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
When we see the world around us, it is full of wars, hatred and negativity (see most of the comments on internet if you don’t agree with me) and sometimes one may wonder how can it be changed; and you are right we can change it with just one simple gesture that is KINDNESS. Kindness costs nothing but its rewards and benefits are uncountable. Also, you need not to start or do it at a macro level but the very minute (barely noticeable) acts can bring about the change but we have to take the initiative; and we have to do it today or we might get late. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says,
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
I decided to take the initiative and did the following acts of kindness considering them as just a starting point with many more to come:
- Made the weekly menu of cooking for my mother because she was always indecisive or worried about that.
- Offered water and a cup of tea to the gardener who was working in scorching heat at my home.
- Gave up my seat for an elderly person in the metro and later that day gave lift to a person on my motorbike whom I didn’t even know
- Took a very small kid to his home who was wandering on a road with no obvious reason irrespective of the danger
- Got back on call with an old friend of mine whose call I wasn’t able to pick some days ago
The experience was great and worth internalizing. My mother didn’t expect to help me because I don’t normally do that so she felt great. The other acts were like not too much unexpected but the other people felt good and so as I. I also came to know that whenever I committed any of the above acts of kindness, it instantly had an effect on me and it filled my heart with joy and peace. So, kindness is good for both the committing and receiving parties and both experience a win-win situation. It induces a positive vibe for everybody who is involved in the process (even the onlookers). So, each and every bit of the above discussion holds true for the professional environment as well.
Let us all pledge to follow the path of kindness to make this world a better place. Let us all commit to small acts of kindness whenever we are offered with an opportunity (and even if we’re not).