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Okay, so it seems like every time we turn around, there’s another “special day” commemorating everything from hot dogs to potato chips. But I just learned that Wednesday was “World Kindness Day,” and my heart opened.
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
For some people, this promotion will seem tacky and maudlin. But I’m realizing more and more that kindness can be a rare commodity in our culture. We all are so busy lamenting the state of the world, observing the suffering that goes on, condemning the narcissism that dominates the government, the media, and the universities, that it’s hard to embrace the basics. Simple acts of kindness are healing, for the giver and receiver.
One of the classic examples of kindness was Mr. Rogers, who died in 2003. His sweet and gentle qualities were always a reminder that kindness is one antidote to loneliness and sadness.
I’ve been blessed with many kind people in my life. And when I look around me, I see a few examples: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Mother Theresa, the people who hire veterans for their companies, those who treat people who suffer from devastating diseases.
So I think World Kindness Day is well worth contemplating. Who are the kind people you celebrate, who are either famous, work behind the scenes, or who are in your life?Published in