World Kindness Day 2017
I love this holiday. Did you even know such a day existed? How cool would it be if this were as widely known and practiced as other holidays??? We just celebrated Halloween
and had a blast. So let’s use that as an example. We love Halloween over here – I’m not down with the scary, gory, skeletons, and bloody anythings. I love cute halloween – pumpkin anything, smiling ghosts, and did I mention pumpkins? We think about Halloween all October. We decorate for it, we plan out and sometimes even create our own Halloween costumes. We went to a Halloween party. There’s a community trunk or treat event. Then there’s the actual date…and Trick or Treating all the way! It’s so fun.
What if we treated WORLD KINDNESS DAY like Halloween??? How would you plan for it? How would you prepare for it? What kinds of things would you do? Where would you go? Who would you visit and talk to? What could you give to others? What would you love about it and remember from it?
Isn’t it kind of a cool visual to think about going door to door like trick or treating but instead of giving out candy what if you gave out compliments or tokens of love?
When we share our love and kindness with others there is no end to how far that gesture really goes. We never know what’s going on in the lives of others. Maybe they’re hanging on by a thread and your smile and hug or text or phone call or whatever it is is just enough for them to want to hang on for one more moment or one more day.
A couple of years ago I was feeling exceptionally down. I was at this event that lasted a couple of days and I before the event I was excited about it! Something happened where the people I went with left me feeling very left out and like I didn’t belong. I was so hurt and sad and if you remember yesterday’s post on What Am I Making It Mean? I was making it mean ALL KINDS OF THINGS: They don’t like me, They don’t really want to be here with me, They’re judging me, How am I going to make it through the rest of this event by myself?, etc.
Which we know our THOUGHTS create how we FEEL – and those thoughts left me feeling alone, sad, disappointed, uncomfortable, different, separate, etc. you get the idea.
As I sat there feeling all these feelings I silently prayed and held my breath in attempts to keep the tears at bay (does that even work by the way?) I get a text from a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in over ten years. By divine design I’m sure, a family member saw me at the event and told her she saw me here. Immediately she texted me and said, “where are you? I need to come and hug you.” -She went out of her way in the absolutely ginormous conference center to find me, sit with me, and to love me. She didn’t know that at that moment I was really hanging on by thread. She didn’t know how alone I felt and that her presence let me know I was not alone. She didn’t know how monumental her simple act of kindness meant to me, what it STILL means to me.
I all but bawled sitting with her, her arm around me in friendship and love. Then after a few minutes she got up, we hugged once more and she went back to her family. It’s been two years almost since I’ve seen her again. She was truly my angel that day and it didn’t cost a thing. She didn’t have to create a huge gift basket or do anything difficult. She just offered me her kindness and love and it meant the WORLD to me.
How can we reach out to others in love today? It doesn’t have to be huge, a smile is the best medicine sometimes. A hug is scientifically proven to lift our spirits (link below for the full article on the science behind hugs). Who can you give the gift of your kindness to today? Will you mark your calendar and put in an alert for next year too? Will you prepare for it? Plan for it? How will you celebrate it today and always?
Happy World Kindness Day, my friends. Now go out and love someone!
Benefits of Hugging – The Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/health-benefits-of-huggin_n_5008616.html