“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” -His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I freely give and receive acts of kindness. It is in these acts of kindness that bonds us with support and understanding. I recently discovered a group of people that, out of the kindness, volunteered their time and energy to support me. Most of these people I have never even met. I am able to communicate with them in an online community and they share their experience, hopes and strengths with me freely. Freely, with no hesitation or attempts to control. I’m not used to that type of support. They truly empathize with me and want to help. It’s refreshing to say the least. It’s a simple act of kindness on their part and I am proud to be a part of their community. The only other group of people I know that will do something similar is my family.
True story: I recently discovered I had a sensitivity to sugar, flour and wheat. I get rashes, gi problems, inflammation and FAT. Well, my father noticed how important a life free from sugar, flour and wheat is to me. He took the time and effort to switch around his food to match what I could eat. And I live 2,000 miles away from him. He considered my way of life as his now to support me. He demonstrated that he held my sensitivity with great importance. He understood my fears and concerns. He sympathized. It was in this act of kindness that made me think that if we all acted with sympathy/empathy, at least once a day, what would the world be like?
I am committed to performing acts of kindness everyday because it will help make this world a better place–not just for me but for my children and their children. It also gives me inner peace (serenity) that I can carry with me during times of chaos. Today, I am going to email my mother-in-law to tell her how much I appreciate her, not to influence her, but to truly show appreciation. What act of kindness will you do today?
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