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Published August 18th 2016
Kindness is free
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing is going right? One of those days when you just want to crawl into a dark, damp, quiet corner where it would be possible to curl up and shrink away into nothingness?
I'm sure most people have had one of those days at some time or other.
Unfortunately, we can't stay under our rocks and in our hidey holes forever. Sooner or later we must drag our miserable, weary selves out and shake ourselves off, dust off our blah and do some things. Every day things like living, at the very least
Now imagine you are having one of these days and have pulled yourself up by the very thin strings that are now holding you up (just).
You have managed to drag your sorry self as far as the door as you have decided that you might as well check the letterbox, even if it is all you do today. You open the door and find a person standing there. Doing what? About to put down a basket of fresh fruit and flowers. He stops with a look of surprise mingled with what? Guilt? But a cheeky kind of guilt. Caught in the act. He smiles sheepishly at the woman with the dishevelled hair, the mismatched pyjamas, the unwashed face and the look of surprise. He says nothing but holds out the basket and a small credit sized card. He then turns and walks away.
A basket and card from a stranger, from the neighbour, from the guy/woman/couple down the street. Why? Because someone cares, because …… kindness.
Simple acts of kindness can make a person's day, just a simple act of kindness, from paying for the person behind you in the coffee/food line at a cafe. Buying someone a meal or drink, paying for someone's petrol or groceries. Leaving flowers, chocolates or a small gift on someone's doorstep (someone known to you or a stranger). Offering to mow someone's lawn, or weed someone's garden , buying a punnet of chips or sandwich and a bottle of water for the homeless person sitting outside the shopping mall or by the side of a building.
There are so many small (or bigger if you desire) things that you can do. Things that don't have to be done with 'getting credit' or being known for doing them in mind. Things you can do anonymously, do something kind and then walk away without waiting or wanting anything in return.
It can and probably will make someone's day. You never know what another person is going through and just how much that simple gesture and/or small act of kindness can mean to somebody else.
There is an organisation I recently came across by accident whilst online. I spent some time on their well laid out and easy to understand website -Wake Up Project
In 2009 Jono fisher left his job and designed the first batch of 'kindness cards'. He also booked a venue and held his first event celebrating mindful living and leadership.
So popular were the cards and the event that Jono soon had on his hands a large and very popular community of over 50,000 passionate people who now hold many sold out events. With many speakers from all walks of life speaking and celebrating mindful living, leadership, compassion, kindness and much more the events are fantastic according to what I have read online.
They have posted out over 350,000 Kindness cards worldwide with many more being shipped daily and hopefully these cards are being put to good use. I received mine yesterday and have already started to use them.
All that is asked of you in return for the free cards is that you use them to do small anonymous acts of kindness.
You can do anything from leaving flowers on a colleagues desk or on someone's doorstep, paying for the next person in line's food or coffee, sending or leaving a card for someone wishing them a good day, leaving chocolates for someone, paying for someone's shopping... you are limited only by your imagination.
So you do your act of kindness, leave oen of the kindness cards. And you disappear.
Kindness done and somebody's day has been made just that much brighter.
For more information on the cards, ideas on what to do with them and to order your five free cards please go to this link.
For more information on the Wake Up project and to look around their fantastic website please follow this link.
** Note – Once you have run out of cards, do feel free to carry on with small acts of kindness without the cards, after all, the world can use all the kindness it can get and you don't really need an excuse to be kind, do you? **