Kindness Counts Friday (Kim’s original idea that I’m babysitting): time to recount tales of kindness we’ve engaged in, received or witnessed and time for me to share some kindness-related ‘bits and bobs’ I’ve seen on my travels around the internet.
Kind acts engaged in:
I haven’t been feeling well this week 😦 But we did manage to make some little Valentine’s tokens for my son’s school friends and for my daughter’s friends from nursery. They had a ball making them and are very excited about handing them out to their friends. It’s the little things like this that make life happy, isn’t it?!
– Lots and lots of ‘get better soon’ wishes from my blogging friends (thank you so much!)
– An amazing Christmas package from an Australian penpal (thanks Eva!)….my son and daughter were over the moon with the gifts enclosed for them. Her kindness touched me so, so much.
– A very kind postal worker who, hearing that my son had yet to receive a package we’ve been expecting for a while, went out of his way to locate said package and deliver it to him as he stepped off the bus from school yesterday. Definitely over and above the call of duty and so much appreciated (by son and Mama alike)!
Kind acts witnessed:
I find as I’m out and about nowadays, I’m more attuned to seeing kindness.
I see it in a lot of places: a helpful hand for the older lady struggling to get on the bus; a gentle word for the boy injured, and crying, in front of his mates at football practice; employees going over and above their expected duties; words of encouragement for the little girl frightened to do her presentation; men holding the door open for ladies, young and old.
I love that, by looking for kindnesses for a few months now (as a way of overcoming my personal circumstances), my eye has become trained to see kindness, as a default. As a consequence I feel I live in a much kinder world. I like that.
– Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia….pizza sells for $1.00 a slice. Customers can donate $1.00, write on and stick a post-it note on the wall, and anyone who’s in need of food can head in, take a post-it note and get a ‘free’ slice of pizza….8,300 slices of pizza have been donated so far. Imagine if more restaurants did something like this!
– Love this news piece about a Californian county that’s declared itself a Kindness Zone. Adore the idea of the place becoming shrouded in blue ribbons as a symbolic way of registering acts of kindness witnessed. Beautiful.
Here’s to the world becoming a kinder place.
The world is always going to have strife and anguish, and bad things will always happen.
We can’t explain why, we can’t give an answer for why but – as the words said…
“God is in the response, not the event”…
We can always control our responses.
As often as possible, let’s try to make those responses be fuelled by kindness.
For me, that’s where God lies: in every day acts of kindness, every day acts of taking time to witness beauty and taking time to offer witness to good.