Killings, kidnappings, airplane crashes, drowning, massacres – no, I am not talking about ‘The Expendables’ this is the news everyday! I’ve pretty much banned myself from watching the news now, because the news channels make everything sound so dramatic and I don’t even know what is real anymore. Isn’t it sad how we all “ooh” and “ahh” about a current news item and then it’s immediately forgotten when we move on to the next ‘current’ issue.
Right! Enough of venting, it’s nothing we all already don’t know about. And although there is so much pain and sadness in the world right now, we must recognize there is also kindness and beauty in the world.
Everyone talks about how immune we’ve become to bad news and part of me does agree, but I also believe there are a lot of us now looking for deeper meaning not just in our lives but in everything we do. And I’ve met a few people recently who are seeking quality in their life through inner peace, positivity, compassion and courage.
The more I talk to people the more I realize it’s not the big gestures of charity that makes people stop and smile, but the little random acts of kindness when you don’t even expect it, that really makes all the difference.
Here are some stories, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, some are personal and some are borrowed from friends and people around me, who have been kind enough to share.
- A few months ago I was browsing through the Sunday market at the Arts Precinct. I started up a conversation with a couple selling their homemade Indian spiced curry powders. I picked up a few and when I got to paying them, they said it was a gift, because I had just moved to Melbourne. They said, don’t thank us for our kindness just pass it on. Thank you Claudette & Raymond from No Worries Curries!!
- Sarah’s 70 year old mum is travelling with her oldest best friend on a tour through Europe in a few months. Her friend has just upgraded the both of them to business class all the way. Her reason, I want to enjoy business class, and I’d rather enjoy it with my best friend!
- On their first trip abroad, my friends were a bit lost in maze of the London subway. A stranger went out of his way to guide them to their train on a completely different platform, at a different part of the subway. (Who says people in big cities don’t help?!)
- Yesterday I saw a teenager running to get the tram as he bumped pass me without much of a sorry. Just as I was grumbling to myself, he slowed down, stopped and helped an old lady who was struggling with her walker, walk down the raised platform. Of course he was immediately forgiven for bump!
- A lady in Dubai, has 4 stray cats, 2 stray dogs, a few birds, rabbits and a turtle – all rescued from all over the Emirates! Even though her home pretty much feels like a zoo now, she cannot bear to leave an animal for dead in the heat.
- I had just flown into Paris and taken a train into the city during rush hour! Just my luck the escalators were out of order and I was struggling with my bags up the stairs. A complete stranger smiled and said, “let me help you”. He just carried my (very heavy) bags up the stairs, smiled, waved and walked away!
- My friend’s little girl was in the mall when she dropped her ice cream all over herself, as we would all do at the age of 4 she started crying her eyes out. As her mum tried to calm her down, another little girl came up to her, possibly younger, gave her a candy and a kiss… kids, they show us how easy it is no?
- Megan, a friend from work had a flat tire, and as you would have it, it was when she was all dressed up for a few important meetings she had that day. A passerby stopped and helped her change her tire, just like that….
Isn’t it just amazing, that random acts of kindness however small can bring so much joy to someone? What are you going to do today? xx