Kindness

Today is World Kindness Day.

It’s somewhat depressing that we feel the need for such a day. As the Dalai Lama said:

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Today then, I’ve been going out of my way to do little things. Making tea for colleagues. Holding doors open. Picking up something that the barista dropped in the coffee shop.
Stuff I’d do normally, to be honest. I’m a huge believer in what goes around, comes around. Be nice to others, and others will be nice to you.

I also love random acts of kindness – many years ago I was surfing my livejournal friendslist and saw a comment on a friends blog by someone I didn’t know. I went to their blog, liked what I read and found that they had an amazon wishlist. I bought them a CD from the list, with a note which just (if memory serves) said: “A random act of kindness. Have a great day.”

I found out later that he’d been having a rough time and that random act of kindness from an unknown stranger off the internet meant more than I could ever have expected. We’ve since become great friends. And that random act triggered others across our mutual friendslists. People started doing random nice things for others. It’s the domino effect.

It doesn’t have to involve money though. A smile, as they say, costs nothing. Just be nice to others. I don’t have a motto (who does?), but if I did, it’d pretty much follow Wheaton’s Law:

“Don’t be a dick.”

It’s a great sentiment. Be kind to each other, folks. Not just today, but every day.

Life’s short enough as it is.