I was once travelling through a hilly terrain by bus. It was supposed to be a long 12 hrs of journey. I was travelling from my hometown to reach the airport at a different city to board a flight to destination. The weather was bad, it was raining heavily. Half way through the journey, our bus stopped near a deserted place. There was a landslide, and our bus had to wait. We were in the middle of nowhere. Worried about food, water. There were few kids and elderly passengers too! Thankfully, the rain had stopped for a while. To our surprise, there appeared few volunteers from a nearby village. They bought with them a big bucket full of Khichdi, and drinking water. They offered to take the kids, and elders to their village so that they can rest there. Its almost 25 years that I was victim of mother nature, but still have memories of the kind souls who tried to do their best for the unknown travellers.
The kindness chatterbox reminded me of the story. It gave me happiness even today to think about that day; about the act of those villagers. To me kindness is contagious. In western world, there is abundant use of the word “THANK YOU”. When I first travelled to the United States, it took me time to consciously use the two words. And then, somehow, it became a habit over time. The other day, two of my students gave me way through a passage, and wished me for the day. The first words that I spoke to them were “THANK YOU”. And then they were almost gone when I turned back and wished them “You too have a nice day”. Few days back, I visited an orphanage with a friend on the occasion of her first anniversary. I accompanied her as her husband was away from the town on an official trip. We played games with the kids, they showed us their Yoga skills, and then we all sang together. I looked with happiness at the face of my friend. Guess what? All I could see were tears. Tears of joy because of the happy moments spent with the kids.
The theme for BloomBrite Painting Contest for the month of November was “World Kindness Day”. November 13th is celebrated as the World Kindness Day. Every day we role play, our moments are filled with good and bad experiences, that in turn reflects in our emotions. Kindness is an act that can make a sad person happy. This is what is reflected in the emotions, in the paintings submitted to BloomBrite.com/contest. Helping a blind person cross the road, the service provided by our soldiers during natural calamities, taking care of disabled all are noble acts of kindness as expressed by the kids.
Kindness starts at home. Children feel happy when we enable them to be receivers of kindness. It improves their well-being, reduce bullying, and enrich their friendships. They, in turn, learn to be givers of kindness. Thats what is reflected in another painting posted for the contest.
Who is our companion when it rains? Isn’t it the umbrella? Many a times, it rains at Bangalore when we are just about to leave after days work. And have the experience of sharing the same with a kind colleague. This is what came to my mind when I came across the following submission.
During visit to parks, we come across kind persons who distrubute grains to birds; bring pets for a walk. Why do they do this? Do they practice kindness, or is it in-built in them? Do they do it because they gain happiness by such acts? Here’s another painting that has all smiling faces while taking part in kind acts.
In a world where you can be anything, be kind. That reminded of an accident that I was in. I was driving in the highway. A bike with a pillion rider took a wrong u-turn and suddenly bumped into my car. The car front got totally damaged. I was thanking God that the bike riders, and myself didn’t sustain any injury. The bikers apologized, mentioned that they were hurridly rushing to visit an ailing relative at the hospital. They helped me get the car to one safe corner of the road; somehow fixed the loose parts with a rope. That helped me drive the car to a closest garage.
We are happy that the kids who participated in the BloomBrite painting contest BloomBrite.com/contest expressed their idea about the topic “World Kindness Day”. Each of them thought differently about what kindness means to them. And that’s what we wanted for our kindness chatter box. If you had fun making those during your childhood, why don’t you take this up as a fun activity with your child/children?