Is there more kindness during these exceptional times?. Or is it because in these situations our hearts are a little more open than usual and so we recognise it more clearly?
Kindness is traditionally not recognised as one of those key qualities of what makes a great leader, but its repercussions resonate profoundly. Here are 3 different yet interrelated perspectives on being kind:
- With a big heart and much wit, humorist Danny Wallace1 encourages us to undertake daily random acts of kindness in fun, creative and practical ways.
- Entrepreneur and activist Anita Roddick2 challenges us to dig deeper and consider how kindness is not only something to be practiced randomly but is also a truly revolutionary idea that really can change the world. This includes considering the big questions such as... what would it be like if people, society, the health system, business, media, politicians, the criminal justice system, the music industry and religion were required to be more kind?.
- In honour of the interconnectedness of beings, the beautiful meditation practice of loving kindness3 invites us to cherish our own heart and bring kindness, acceptance and compassion to one’s self and extend it to others, close and far.
In whatever way you are your kind self, as Greek writer Aesop penned ...
- Wallace, D. (2004) Random Acts of Kindness: 365 ways to make the world a nicer place, Ebury Press, UK
- Roddick, A. (ed.) (2003) A Revolution in Kindness, Anita Roddick Publications, Ltd, UK
- Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994) Wherever you go there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life, Hyperion, New York