Listen. Don’t interrupt. People don’t always want us to suggest a solution. They sometimes just want us to listen. We underestimate how important and comforting it is to be listened to.
Someone once said that “A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” Whether it’s something you receive from, or in fact give to a friend, a family member, it is indeed a treasure! Pssst … pass it on.
Summer is a time when we’re out and about — going for a walk, canoeing, or biking. Alongside our water, which is always good to have on hand, it’s nice to have something to eat. But instead of chips or even a granola bar, how about eating a healthier snack of vegetables or fruit? It’s just a way that we can be kind to our bodies as we enjoy all the countless activities during the summer season.
Every now and then, we pause and think about one or two of our friends whom we haven’t seen for a while. Well, how about getting in touch with them …? Talk with them on the telephone or meet them for a cup of tea … it’s a Random Act of Kindness that you can both enjoy together!
These days, time is the greatest gift we can give to others. If you’re usually on the phone a lot, take a break from this habit. Take time to engage in a meaningful face-to-face conversation with a friend or family member.
Someone once said that “A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” Whether it’s something you receive from or in fact give to a friend or a family member, it is indeed a rich treasure!
Here’s a thought a Rev. Henry Burton noted … He asks, “Have you had kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears. Pass it on.” So, that single act of kindness we give to another person never really stops. For all time, it will continue to bring a warm feeling of comfort and perhaps a smile to those who might just need it!
Summer is only weeks away and flowers are blooming and the birds are building their nests. So, why not enjoy nature and plant a flower … or a garden of them! It’s a simple act of kindness to yourself, your family, friends, as well as the community, as a whole. And let’s not forget, it’s also an act of kindness to the butterflies, birds and bees who flutter and whir through your back yard.
Here’s a small reminder from the Dalai Lama we can try to remember. He explained how, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” His words show not only how simple it can be to share kindness with others. But they also remind us of how important those kind words and deeds can be.
The next time you head to work, how about surprising your co-workers with a sweet treat!? Try it at different times throughout the year. We can all appreciate how an unexpected treat can help to melt away the tension and rigours that we might encounter in a day. Without question, it is an act of kindness that can bring a smile!