It is so easy for us to be kind to others but at the same time, so difficult. Where does one even begin in such a turmoil ridden context that surrounds the South African landscape. Do we begin at home with those that need our assistance? Or do we reach out to those who stereotypically deserve our kindness. But then again what difference can one random act of kindness make to a great population that deserve this virtue? Surely if kindness is to be given, one simply has to ask for it?
But then there are those who do not even know how to ask. Surely they deserve this kindness more. Think of the Deaf community, a group who turn to each other to communicate as the greater community cannot connect in their way. Perhaps learning some basic sign language and saying hello to one who is deaf in the language he is accustomed to rather than expecting him to communicate in our language, is kindness?
There is no measure to kindness, no act is too big or too miniscule, nor do material items make one’s kindness more effective. Anyone can be kind and show virtues to others such as empathy and care to be kind. Lets start you on your kindness journey with two ideas:
1. There is automatic kindness which comes naturally to our human instinct which we may choose to act upon or ignore. Acting upon this is kindness to the other but also to ourselves, allowing our innate nature to flourish.
2. There is kindness which requires effort, some physical or emotional exertion which demands of us to go beyond what our instinct directs. This too benefits the other but also ourselves. The extra effort is a platform for self-growth.
Where can you begin?