Teaching Kindness, Staying Kind
--by jacqueline, posted Nov 5, 2007
A father and his child were nearby. I approached the father and asked if my son could give his daughter a lolly that he had won. The father looked at me sideways and was unsure what to say. I further explained how I was coaching my son about the power of kindness. Eventually he said it was okay.
We approached his daughter ... who wouldn’t accept the lollies! She too was looking at us sideways with uncertainty! At this stage my son was rather embarrassed and red as a beetroot by the fact she wouldn’t accept his offering and then he whispers to me, “We go to the same school, Mum”.
Rather than apologize to my son for causing him embarrassment AND give up on the act of kindness … I followed through by popping a couple of lollies into their shopping bags and wished them a great day!
When we left the supermarket, I explained to my son that “… people in the world today are not so open to kindness because their thoughts and opinions have been shaped by the past. However, we can reshape their opinions by doing these random acts of kindness. So don’t be embarrassed my son. Hey, they may have been standoffish but I’m sure we left them touched, moved and inspired in some way. And the young girl will remember you as the boy with a big heart, when she bumps into you at school!”
I answered, "how?
The world is shuch a large, vast place, so complicate now.
And i so small and usless am. There's nothing i can do. "
But god in all his wisdom said, "just build a better you. "
Congratulation, you are doing it.