Sunday is kindness day. The idea that we could or should be kind to each other surely seems very obvious to any thinking person. It is therefore strange that we have come to a point when we need to make this a sharable concept, and create a day to make us aware of it. It also seems very poignant that this Sunday is also Remembrance Sunday, certainly a day when we should consider the values of kindness.
It seems that, as a society, after the destruction of the Second World War, people in Britain, came to work together within the concepts of kindness and care. From this was created the welfare state and the idea that with kindness and love we could create mutual support. These same concepts led to the peace movements and the love generation of the 1960’s. When Maggie Thatcher took centre stage and made statements such as “community does not exist” she was promoting the unkindness and self obsession of ‘I, Me, My’ and the Yuppy culture, which in many ways has led to the financial meltdown that is affecting all of humanity right now.
As a member of the generation that preached “make love not war” the concept of kindness is very much a part of my everyday life. I see the need for a kindness day in two ways. The first is that everyday could be a kindness day, being kind to each other should be our natural way of being. The second is a great sense of relief that from the depths of selfishness is born the very opposite.
There is a growing movement to change the way that we think feel and act, that for me is a miracle that will change the way that we are together and further human evolution. Kindness day is a part of this amazing movement as is Action For Happiness , Andy’s work at Head Space, Rhonda Byrnes work with The Secret and the many, many people working around the world to make it better for others, not forgetting our work at Live in the Present and SeanOrford.com.
On our new site we will be developing a hub that will provide links to all those doing similar work. If you would like to be included drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can change the world.
Individually my acts of kindness today will be with all that I meet. Our lovely friend Sandra is emigrating to Oz in a couple of weeks so we are celebrating her kindness as an oncology nurse and thanking her with gratitude for her friendship and her love.
Take care and be kind today, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself