“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart. Ponder your thoughts about what according to you is the most beautiful thing. Draw a picture and write a few lines about it. The work is to be done on an A4 sheet.”
This was the summer holiday assignment for my younger son. He came and asked for my help.
“Well, if I help and tell then it would be about what I consider as the most beautiful thing in the world. Why don’t you give it a try and let’s see what comes to your mind” I told him with a smile.
Two days later I asked him about the assignment, and he said he could not think of anything as all that comes to his mind could be seen and touched.
Wanting to finish his homework soon, he again expected me to pitch in.
“You need to think harder, and something will surely come up” was my reply.
The next few days were about his coming with something but rejecting it soon saying it could be seen or touched.
A week later I saw him glimmering with excitement as he came to me and shared “Mamma, I think I have figured out the answer and it should be correct. According to me, kindness is the most beautiful thing in the world that cannot be seen or even touched”
And I could not have agreed more. And then he gave me examples of how he sometimes sees others and himself too exemplifying kindness.
While we all are bombarded with the news about the current geopolitical situation in the world coupled with increasing instances of mindless violence and impact of gun culture amongst the younger generation, there are many people who are wholeheartedly trying to make this world a better place. I firmly believe that together we can make the world a bit kinder for all of us.
As a Coach who tries to embody mindfulness in her daily life, I feel that mindfulness helps us relate to ourselves and others with empathy and compassion. Taking an extra moment to hold the elevator for someone, giving someone in need a hand, even the act of simply smiling at someone and meaning it from your heart. These small acts do not take much but could really make a big difference for someone. Random acts of kindness can start a chain reaction.
While the random acts of kindness are important, it is critical to remember that you are surely allowed to be kind to yourself. In fact, you should always be first kind to yourself. This will help you to be in a good place within yourself before you can make it happen for others.
Kindness starts with one person, and that one person is you.
After all, it is worth being kind.
This blog was first published here-https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/beyond-stories/it-is-not-hard-to-be-kind/