Kindness: it’s universal; it’s timeless.
It’s one of those things that might be hard to define from different cultural biases… but we could almost all agree that we know it when we see it.
So if we all know what kindness looks like, and we want it in our daily life, why don’t we see more of it?
Today we will explore kindness through an interesting lens and maybe we’ll ask a better question:
Can we get more kindness in our lives by simply giving it?
Here’s something we’ve noticed since beginning EWC: some of our biggest fans come from places in the world where one might think kindness and possibility are in shorter supply.
These are places where plenty of people are fearful, jobless and/or hungry. Many are places of intractable war and poverty but whenever we post a piece about love, beauty, and wonder, people will overwhelmingly respond by “liking” and sharing our pieces in huge numbers.
But why should we be surprised? The vast majority of us all want a better world. We want our children to go to bed safely and have a brighter future.
If we set aside that tiny group of people we see on the evening news – who seem bent on making other people’s lives miserable – the people who would help a stranger, still make up the vast majority.
Why do we let our news media and leaders hand so much power over to the hateful people by publishing their stories repeatedly?
Enter Ever Widening Circles and Life Vest Inside!
We are two organization that completely ignore the bleakness of the news and do what we do anyway.
Now that we’ve published 600-plus articles on amazing people and places – all good news – we see there is an extraordinary appetite for positive aspects of our world.
Every week we are more encouraged by the number of people visiting EWC (Ever Widening Circles) from all over the globe who are actively seeking uplifting and insightful news. There are times when we are getting more than 500 new FaceBook fans per day! It’s amazing!
But, we’re not surprised. Again, kindness, beauty, and creativity know no boundaries and no nationalities.
Take a look at the following video and see if you agree that this is the way the world works best, wherever you live…
Lovely sentiments, yes?
I have communicated with the founder of that organization and she is authentically wonderful, full of hope, and determined to spread her vision of a loving world, no matter the obstacles.
From my own experience with thousands of lives in my practice, I’ve noticed that people who say the world is going to hell in a hand basket, sometimes act like they are contributing to that process, and the ones who seem to be looking for ways to be kind all day long, seem to be getting that back.
Watch the evening news though and you’ll see the way the world doesn’t work.
It doesn’t work to hate or bully others, to demand your way of thinking. It doesn’t work to threaten, frighten, or ruin the peaceful lives of others. What’s going on in some corners of the world (and here at home in the U.S.) drags our whole species back into the caves.
Here’s one thing I’ve learned from my patients and my life traveling the world:
If we live in an way that includes fear, hate or anger, we will only get more of that for ourselves and the people we love.
But if we live in a way that radiates kindness and openness, we will find that creates possibilities we never imagined, and a life of meaningful connection with others.
Stay open, curious, and optimistic.
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