Kindness matters more in the face of COVID-19 pandemic
There is so much going on in the world now. People are struggling as well as experiencing loss and pain in different ways. Plans have had to be put on hold, dreams stalled because we are not so sure where we are headed to next. Most, if not all, are trying to make sense of it all, unsure of how all the happenings will pan out. So many questions asked and too little answers.
Though no one alive has ever lived through a pandemic as this to give some hindsight advice on how to navigate it through, we can start with even the most basic – Kindness.
Kindness is being considerate, generous, welcoming and showing concern for others without expecting a reward or praise in return. Kindness is being accepting, tolerant, and empathetic of yourself and others. We are social beings and for that reason, kindness is an all essential part of our existence. It is a quality that is elemental to us as we are wired from birth to be kind and to show kindness to others.
The truth is that we truly could all do with a little kindness and it has become even more important to show kindness most especially with the current state of affairs in the world. It is even more crucial to exercise control during conflicts in order to avoid leaving hurt and pain in the wake of it through unkind words and actions.
Kindness starts with you. Being kind means that you are a unique individual who accepts both the good and not-so-good parts and also understands just how being kind impacts the world you live in. Do acts of serving others. Give without expectations of returns. Apply a litmus test of sorts to your thoughts, words and actions to know if supposedly, the tables were turned against you, how you would feel. That will most definitely give you a pause.
When you are kind, you become a better-off person for it and also able to build good relationships. It has also been found that kindness is a true mood booster and leads to happiness because in creating same for others, we become happier ourselves. Ultimately, the degree of kindness we practice determines the kind of lives, relationships and communities we build. As we keep practicing kindness, we will see a pattern of happiness, peace and love in our sphere of influence in addition to the world at large which would lead to a better, kinder world.
As you go about your daily life and in your interactions with others both young and old, be kind purposefully. In your words, thoughts and actions; be intentional about kindness that spans across your lifetime. Decide to be different. Let your kindness be and make a difference.
Take it one day at a time.