Kind­ness Week

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Gayle Down­ing or­leansstar@transcon­ti­nen­ Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

Kind­ness Week was cel­e­brated in Ot­tawa Feb. 17 – 24. What did you do to be kind to some­one dur­ing that week? Did you know it was kind­ness week? Events quite of­ten en­cour­age peo­ple to be kind to each other. Christ­mas is one time when we see peo­ple be­ing more con­sid­er­ate of each other. With a heavy snow­fall we see so many peo­ple be­ing a lot more cour­te­ous to each other on the roads. We see peo­ple push­ing cars out of snow banks; we see more pa­tience for some­one cross­ing the street in bad weather. There is more of a sense of com­mu­nity around events such as this. My ques­tion is why?

Why is there more of a sense of com­mu­nity just dur­ing Kind­ness Week? Why isn’t Kind­ness Week 52 weeks of the year?

In the Tim Hor­ton’s drive-thru a few days ago I saw a driver ac­tu­ally pay for the or­der of the car ahead of him! That re­ally hap­pens folks! It was only about $5.00 but I’ll bet the re­cip­i­ent was sur­prised and pleased – talk about ‘mak­ing some­one’s day’!

When talk­ing about be­ing kind to oth­ers the sug­ges­tion is al­ways that the re­ceip­i­ent is the one who ben­e­fits from this. Surely you have done some­thing nice for some­one else at some point…..try to re­mem­ber how YOU felt when you did it! Did it help you have a more pos­i­tive out­look on your day? Of course it did! But it is also pos­si­ble that the re­cip­i­ent found a way to be kind to some­one else and paid it for­ward.

Could we hold the door for some­one? Could we give di­rec­tions to some­one who seems lost? Could we read a book to a se­nior in a re­tire­ment home? Could we shovel our neigh­bour’s snow? Could we say ‘good morn­ing’ as we pass some­one or meet some­one in an el­e­va­tor? Could we do­nate a few cans of food to the food cup­board? Could we do­nate blood? Could we have a char­ity day at work? Could we give some­one a hug?

Come on ev­ery­one, let’s make this Kind­ness Year!!

(Photo : Cather­ine Kitts)

Pick­ing up some­ones's cof­fee tab could make the dif­fer­ence.

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