Day 22: Kindness
Today, I was asked by someone what inspires me. My answer to that question is Kindness. I cannot think of anything that inspires me more.
Kindness is not always easy, especially if we feel on the receiving end of something that feels less than kind; being flipped off for minor traffic faux pas, or a rude sales clerk who would rather text on her phone than assist us. I am trying to remember to breathe deeply when these things happen.
Kindness isn't always convenient. We might be running late for an appointment and feel completely frustrated with the slow driver in front of us. He or she is not an idiot. They are just enjoying the luxury of being in less of a hurry than we are. We may ignore someone's need for a bit of help, such as holding a door open for someone because it is easier to rush off and pretend we didn't see them.
I am not a perfect student of Kindness and have fallen from grace in all of the above situations probably more often than I would like to admit.
I do know when I am kind and when I see others being kind it inspires me. It fills me up to the brim with love and joy. I've heard that when an act of Kindness occurs, endorphins, those good feeling hormones, are released the Receiver of the Kindess and also in the Giver of Kindness. And magically, magnificently, wonderfully, an Observer of an act of Kindness also recieves the same benefits as the Giver and Reciever. That is beautiful!
This morning I got to be the Receiver of Kindness. My Benefactor, a blind retired judge, who presented me, unexpectedly with notes filled with wisdom, which helped me through a speaking competition I was called to compete in just an hour before the competition.
We should all be more kind. It is one of the most generous things we can do for ourselves and everyone within viewing distance of our kind act. I am trying to be better. Each person I meet deserves Kindness, whether they are a telemarketer, or a pan-handler, a grocery clerk, or a slow driver. And most of all I need to remember Kindness for myself.
Kundalini Yoga: 38 Days.
Writing Practice: 22 Days.
I am Complete. May you know Kindness.