Kindness. Do you ever feel like it’s lacking?
The last year or so has felt pretty bleak, and I have found myself becoming increasingly exasperated by people. Whether it’s refusing to wear masks and purposefully arguing with those who do (or vice versa), storming vaccination centres because people don’t want to get the COVID vaccine and they think it makes sense to infringe on other people’s right to decide to do so, and possibly the worst, people testing positive for COVID yet still refusing to isolate because “COVID isn’t real/is just a cold/I’m going to do what I want” and putting many more vulnerable people at risk, the world has felt like a pretty dark place.
We live in a time where human lives seemingly matter less than “protecting our borders” (whatever that even means), and social media is used as a space to anonymously spout vitriol and abuse to others from behind a screen. There is little compassion shown to those fleeing war-torn countries in search of a better life (or simply, to stay alive) because we should be looking after “our own” (again, whatever that means) first. Societal division is larger than ever, politics is unbearably depressing, and it feels like there is no end to this gloom and callousness. It can be easy to think “what’s the point?” and at times, humanity has left me despairing and repeating “I hate people”.
But I don’t hate people, it’s actually quite the opposite. I know there are good people out there, but it can be hard to remember that when all you see is selfishness, narrowmindedness and animosity towards each other online.
So, to kick off 2022, I figured that I would try to contribute more goodness to the online scape, and share the goodness of humankind. And thus was born the series: Human Kindness. I will share a collection of acts, both large and small, experienced by myself or people in my networks. These won’t be generic things you can already find online and might already know of, but the smaller day-to-day experiences and happenings from people who otherwise might not share publicly.
Every Monday morning I’ll be starting the week off with a tale of human kindness here on the blog, with the first one starting TOMORROW (Monday 3rd January 2022)! I’ve even created a mailing list so you can have them directly sent to your inbox (you can sign up below!). I will be sharing an array of stories that have been shared with me, all of which will be told from each person’s perspective. So what you read won’t always be from me, even though it might sound like it’s coming from my point of view.
And to give you a sneak preview into the type of thing I’ll be sharing, here’s something that made me so emotional when I first saw it some years ago, the types of small human kindness that go such a long way.
I was a bit doubtful about doing this series; would I receive enough kindness to keep it going? Will it be worth it? Does anybody even care? But from the accounts I’ve collected already, it is clear that it is worth it. And the great thing is that kindness doesn’t expire, there will continue to be more and more as each day passes. I had a little help from my friends and family to get this month’s content off the ground and I am sooooooo excited for you to hear some of the wonderful kindness that’s been experienced.
So once again, Happy New Year, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Have you experienced an act of kindness recently? Maybe you know something that somebody has done or you have done for somebody else? My inbox is ALWAYS open for your kindness stories.
These will be treated with discretion and published anonymously at all times, and I will share as much or as little information as you wish. Message me using the form below and I’ll be sure to feature your story in an upcoming post.