Very appropriately November 13 is World Kindness Day. Seems like there has been a distinct lack of kindness lately, especially if you are in a minority of some kind. I never expected to live in a country where teachers had to post signs saying “You are safe in my classroom,” nor to have elected a president for whom the KKK is holding a victory parade.
World Kindness Day is a relatively recent holiday. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement a coalition of nations kindness NGOs. The mission of the World Kindness Movement is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. Members of the movement include over 25 nations with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
This is a day to be active and be kind. If you are an introvert like me, or shut in, or just lazy, you can do something from your computer. Share one of more of the kindness quotes below on whatever social media you use. Text some kindness to a friend or family member. Do something nice for your significant other or other members of your family. Speak out against unkind things.
Some of the activities suggested on the Random Acts of Kindness Website are: put up encouraging sticky notes in places the person will find them. Write a thank you note for something specific or just general thanks for someone who has been helpful to you in the past. Take time to thank those who are so often invisible, such as checkers in a store, or the janitor of your building. Do a random act of kindness for a complete stranger. Whatever you do today, think about being kind to those you share the world with, regardless of race, sex, age, or religion.
Quotes about Kindness
Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness.–Zoroaster
As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.–Katherine Francke
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.–Plato
Be kind to strangers. Let strangers be kind to you. Think of it as a positive exchange of … compassion in the circle of life.—Sarah Ban Breathnach
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.–Og Mandino
Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.–Robert Brault
Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.– Lawrence G. Lovasik
If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology.–Karen Armstrong
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear.–Christian Bovee
Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.–Henry James
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.–Ralph Waldo Emerson
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