In my community paper the Northcote Leader there was an amazing story of kindness reported the other day. Members of the community donated enough for a family to replace their car to take their daughter to school who has cerebral palsy after they were involved in an accident and their car was written off.
Stories like this remind me of the kindness of strangers and not to give in to the dross that is marketed as mainstream media, that of death, killing, war and anything that seems to bring community spirit down. How do we remember to be kind each day, lets go there:
1. Confucius was born in 551 B.C., I think it is still relevant after all these years. Gratitude is a great gift to receive but is it gratitude if you expect it?
2. Models do not win citizens of the year very often. We do not make these decisions on looks but what difference these people make: Lean on Me.
3. Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin ; 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand , was a French novelist and memoirist. She is equally well known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of artists, including Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin and the writer Alfred de Musset. Wonder why she used a male pseudonym?
4. One of the main benefits of Kindness, we rise together: Rise.
5. Watching small children meet each other without judgement to me is the best example of this on the planet.
7. I think I’ll hop on Raymond, my pet unicorn and spread lots of this today.
8. How many strength building exercises do you do a day, get your kindness muscle out and play: Be Strong.
9. What would they write on the grave of the person who did this – I’m sure it would include a life well lived.
10. I gave up organised religion a long time ago, perhaps I could take on this one: Lady Gaga and Dalai Lama on Kindness.
11. Your new daily practice.
12. A man who inspires me as much as his holiness, Lao Tzu, I recommend you read his books: How to write a Love Song.
13. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born Jesse Louis Burns; October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000.
14. Let’s do this: One Tribe.
15. Renewing humanity, the ultimate task for people today.
So lets shout out that kindness is one of the factors that makes up the best of our heart, A Ho!!!
Namaste until next time we meet, my dear friends.