Updated: Dec 31, 2018
When I receive emails from our Daughter Lisa, I get to see her ending line. "Be Kind Whenever Possible. It Is Always Possible. " Don't you just love the Dalai Lama quote?
I've done some critical thinking about this and have come to the conclusion that this is what being human is all about. Lisa takes this a step further and applies this philosophy to the attention and care she gives her beloved animal friends.
We're reminded to commit random acts of kindness. How about targeted acts of kindness? Sometimes we forget to be kind to the ones that mean the most to us. It is this human quality that connects us to others. When we practice being sympathetic and compassionate to others we strengthen our bond with them. We show that we care for them and are considerate of their thoughts and actions.
Two targeted acts of kindness occurred in April 2015 and September 2018. Two of our beloved family members are learning to live with Parkinson's. Another family member organized a 185 (2015) and 350 (2018) mile bike -a- thon through the Michael Fox Foundation to raise $5,500 (2015) and $10,000 (2018) they exceeded both goals. Even those of us who didn't pedal were able to participate. That, my friends, are targeted acts of kindness.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
…"all of us have the potential to turn a life around." How about that? Can you recall when someone committed an act of kindness for you? How did you feel? If it didn't turn your life around, did it move the dial toward helping you feel a little better that day? Don't underestimate what an act of kindness can do for another. Oh, by the way, I bet you'll feel exhilarated too.
In addition to committing random acts of kindness, let's work on committing targeted acts of kindness. It'll be good for the soul.