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