Another Friday. Another week that flew past far too quickly. Another Kindness Counts Friday. Tinged with a bit of sadness this week as Kim – who had the original idea for the link-up – has decided to have a blogging break 😦
She’s passed the Kindness Counts Fridays baton to me, so I’ll be hosting the link-up until she’s back blogging again. Very mixed feelings about it, but didn’t want to let the idea drop in her absence (as I believe in it’s power!), so am looking forward to continuing on with my Friday posts and hoping some of my lovely readers might join in with me at some point.
[Note: I couldn’t immediately understand the In-linkz link-up instructions when I looked at them last night so, for this weeks post, if you do want to join in with your own ‘Kindness Counts Friday’ post – at any point during the next week – leave the link in the comments so we can all head over and check it out! I’ll try to get the link thingy working for next Friday!]
There are no rules for joining in. Any post relating to kindness, or kind acts you’ve engaged in or witnessed are welcome. As Kim wrote in her original introduction to the idea, “I want to launch a weekly link-up where we share acts of kindness we’ve done, witnessed or are planning for the future in the hopes of inspiring one another to do better every day!”…
A fairly noble idea, if ever I heard one, no?
My kind acts for the week (or ones I’ve witnessed):
1. I have a medicine cabinet that’s literally overflowing with medicines, most of which are still packaged (how does that happen?) and still in date. I sorted through it all last weekend and ended up with a large carrier bag full of medicines that could be useful for someone else. I rang around the local clinics and asked who might need a donation and they pointed me in the direction of a charity that accepts medicines from people to hand out to those without medical insurance.
2. Do I really need three pairs of glasses that I don’t wear any more and two pairs of prescription sunglasses that aren’t even the right prescription? No. Again, I rang around local opticians and located a local charity that receives the glasses and then gives them to people in need.
3. My daughter saw that I was a bit sad one day and disappeared for a while. She came back with the most delicate, beautiful little drawing. Covered in hearts “…because I love you so much, Mama”. Too beautiful. It’s such a source of joy that she’s growing up with a kind, tender heart.
4. Do you remember a few weeks ago I told you I’d helped a neighbour who’s making a roadside garden along the road where we live? The garden is looking lovely and he’s now installing an altar with a Virgin Mary (we live in a Catholic country). I helped him to decorate the base with mosaic this week: quite enjoyed lending my “crafty” skills and have certainly enjoyed getting to know him a little better. Amazing how there can be such lovely people literally on our doorstep and unless we make the effort to get to know them, we’d never know they were so lovely!
That’s it for this week.
Hope some of you might be tempted to join in with me. The research shows that making room for kindness in your life can have many beneficial side effects, including making you happier, improving the health of your heart (through reducing stress), slowing ageing (by producing a chemical, oxytocin, that slows down the rate of ageing of your cells), forging stronger and better relationships and encouraging other people to be kind as well, which would encourage a kinder, more tolerant, world.
If you don’t believe me….a (Very Handsome) Hollywood actor agrees too….(!)…