National World Kindness Day
What is World Kindness Day and when and where and why did it begin?
World Kindness Day is a holiday that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that kindness is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations. With kindness, we can overcome the divides of politics, race, religion, gender, and so much more. What began as an effort from the World Kindness Movement at a Tokyo conference 24 years ago is now a global movement reminding everyone of the power of kindness. (Source: InspiredKindness.com)
I have only musings to offer. And the musings don’t hang together at all. They’re just wonderings that I wondered while thinking about writing this.
This is a warning to a potential reader. Stop now if you’re looking for well thought out blog-essay. Not going to happen!
Is Kindness ‘Automatic?’
Is “thank you” or “you’re welcome” just automatic? Can there such a thing as an automatic act of kindness? No matter how automatic, doesn’t kindness stem from gratitude? Can I be authentically kind and ungrateful at the same time?
When did the response to thank you turn into “no problem?” Personally, I frequently find acting kindly is a problem for me. So maybe I do need to celebrate National Act of Kindness Day as a “shape up or ship out” reminder to myself.
Random acts of kindness — are there such things? I guess to the recipient the act seems random, out of the blue, an unexpected kindness landing in one’s lap. But for the giver? If the giver lives a life of kindness, can any of her acts be random? Wouldn’t these kind acts be part of a pattern in her life — not the occasional random response?
During the holidays, I drop my money in the Salvation Army’s red kettle. I donate to our food pantry. Are these “legitimate” acts of kindness? I ask because I also hand a man holding a “Homeless” sign a few dollars. Some would say I’m enabling. “He’s probably really not homeless. Direct your act of kindness to organizations you can trust, Denise.” So, acts of kindness should be directed only to “worthy people?”
Enough, Denise. National World Kindness Day is straightforward in its purpose: World Kindness Movement at a Tokyo conference 24 years ago is now a global movement reminding everyone of the power of kindness.
The power of kindness … now there’s something to think about, act on and believe in.