Imagine a world where:
Sensitivity was respected above all qualities
Corporates listened to the voice of the workers and created shared knowledge
Education was available to all those that desired to learn
Religion was more about love and less about power
Industry was more about people than profit
A bully thought about how his actions would be received by the other person
Listening was honoured above all other modes of communication
Respect was the cornerstone of every exchange between people
Kindness was the guide through every conflict
What is it to be kind in 2010?
Empathising with another’s struggle
Compassion for another persons suffering
Thoughtful consideration of how our words will be felt by the other
Nurture towards other humans
Putting another hearts needs before your own
Generosity of and freedom of spirit
To walk in another’s skin
To look through another’s eyes
To act with care and consideration of others feelings
To feel from another’s heart
To adjust ourselves to be fluid
To pick someone up when they fall
To let someone lean when they are sad
To allow openness of expression
To encourage others to have a voice even if it is different to your own
To embrace diversity
To encourage complexity
To be open to new ways of seeing
To snap apart systems of thought that imprison
To generate a celebration and reverence for life
Kindness is pure – has no impure motive
Kindness is whole – allows for all discordant parts
Kindness is gentle – a tender feather brushing the cheek
Kindness is allowing – expanding and not contracting
Kindness is story – the greatest story ever conceived
Kindness is sensitive – full like a compassionate rose
Kindness is love – subtle nuanced moving with generous intent
Kindness is strong – courageous like an eagle with wings outstretched
So why then is kindness scoffed at?
Why is kindness rebuked?
Why is kindness considered weak by those who are unkind?
Why is kindness taken advantage of?
Why do kind people break, break down, break apart?
To remain kind in a hard toxic environment takes great courage
To remain sensitive as you age and move through pain takes self belief
To remain true to self takes great conviction and awareness
Life can hurt and devastate and injure our hearts
It takes enormous courage to face the wound and to allow the healing
Kindness to self allows the healing and opens up opportunities to be kind to others
© Anthea Slade 11.11.11
Over 18 months ago I had the desire to write a piece on the revolution in kindness. I wrote this short piece reflecting on kindness from different perspectives before asking a number of close friends what kindness meant to them. I was fascinated and inspired by their responses but unfortunately was struck by acute appendicitis and had rush surgery. I had to turn that kindness on myself and heal. And my revolution paused.
Yet since then I have often been haunted by and drawn back to this topic. So today because it is a very special day 11.11.11 I am going to do something I have not done before and share a writing work in progress in the form of four reflection pieces. This one was written 18 months ago as a draft and I just typed into RedBubble. I will add the three other parts soon.
I would love to know what being kind means to you.