Did you know that Monday was World Kindness Day? It was. I was reading on the interwebs tales of kindness, and if you are feeling hecka bummed, I highly recommend you google it. There's some pretty cheering reads. One of my favorite's was about someone who had moved into a retirement home, and was struggling with all the unpacking. They had an appointment with Next Day Blinds, and the person from that company who met with them, noticed all the boxes and said, "I'm free Saturday. I'll come back and help." And they did. They helped her unpack and get settled into her new home. Suddenly a place that felt lonely and foreign felt comfortable and friendly because someone was kind. That is pretty awesome.
My pals at Lifevest Inside are big supporters of World Kindness Day. They do a GIANT flashmob dance. Basically, you log onto their site, and they give you a link to the song and the steps, and you form a group and practice. On World Kindness Day, you and a bajillion people all over the world perform and record their Dance for Kindness. It is a pretty awesome event, which I plan to be more involved in next year.
Of course, World Kindness Day doesn't have to come to an end. We can look for all the little ways to be kind to each other. One of my good friends was a pro at playing close attention to detail and remember to do the small things that meant a lot to the people around them. I suppose the hard part of modern society is the way that we are all so busy and rushing through life. We need to slow down and pay attention to the people around us.
Kindness is like a boomerang - you send it out into the world, and sometimes, when you need it most -- it comes back to you.
Keep moving forward,