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Kindness: The Time For It Is NOW

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”~Desmond Tutu Yesterday, as I was ordering a coffee, an older lady came into t…

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Sirena bracketed her post with a Desmond Tutu quote and one by Ralph Waldo Emerson reminding us kindness is a powerful antidote for many of the challenges we face in the world. A kind heart allows us to put the human face on others and see them as people.

Several years ago during a particularly cold winter, Kathy and I boosted people’s batteries several times. We did it because it was the right thing to do without consideration as to what we might receive back.

One day, on the way home from a hockey game in rural Alberta, I lost control of the car and we ended up stuck on the edge of the ditch. It was cold, we were on a narrow piece of road at the top of a hill, and there was truck traffic. The first vehicle by had a chain and two-way radio to let truckers know we were there and got us out.

As we drove on, we noted that the earlier acts of helping people with dead batteries had somehow come around and, in our moment of need, someone acted kindly towards us.

When we are mindful, we recall that others need our kindness and that the kind acts echo through time and space.

 

About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who recently completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. My dissertation topic and research was how teachers experience becoming who they are as teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. Gift, giver and receiver are all equal the Buddhists believe

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  2. Dear Ivon, Thank you so much for your support and for the inspiration of your practice of kindness–never more needed than now! Peace….

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  3. We need more kindness in the world, and it begins with us. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

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  4. I can remember, very vividly, two of my ‘school teachers’, amongst(unfortunately) many. They stand out in my memory because of their kindnesses toward me. A dyslectic child (unknown then) must have been quite a burden, yet, these two did all within their power to provide me with, yes, love and support. Kindness is a balm that soothes and restores. It requires so little to give, and yet so much is received.

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    • I talked to someone who told me about a friend who returned to a small town so her teachers could teach her children with special needs. It was not that those teachers had special training, rather they engaged in caring relationships with children, making all the difference.

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  5. Thank you for the reminder and Thank you for sharing the story, Ivon!

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  6. …kind of reminds me of: “Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” ― Robert Ingersoll

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  7. Thank you for the follow.

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