Isn’t Being Kind Just Being Human?

I’ve been asking myself the question this week – “When is something I do part of The Angel Zoe Kindness Project, and when is it just something anyone with any sense of compassion and humanity would do?”

I know there are several people who like the Project’s facebook page who would agree with St Matthew’s take on it – “Just go be kind and don’t be shouting from the rooftops about it.” (I paraphrase a little, here’s what he really said).
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” Matthew 6:3

On one level I agree (and secret giving can be fun I have discovered!). But I also think sharing about intentional kindness can be a powerful force for good in the world.

  • It is easier not to reach out to others for fear of rejection, fear they will think you are intruding. The Project gives me an excuse to break through that barrier and reach out anyway.
  • I believe kindness begets kindness. Early in Zoe’s illness I worried that all the presents people gave her would “spoil” her. But she could recall who had given her every sticker book, My Little Pony and soft toy and was counting each one as an act of love. She just knew to pay that forward. I hope sharing that with others inspires them.
  • Receiving kindness can open your eyes and heart. It can help you let go of feelings of unworthiness. It gives the receiver the opportunity to do the same for others. If I let them know it’s part of the project (with my printables) it gives them an excuse to pay it forward.
  • Being part of a community (like our facebook page) that values kindness can help to show others what power it has. The more people hear about acts of kindness, the more people might decide to carry out their own.
  • When you are looking for opportunities to be kind, you start to see them everywhere. Sometimes you have to be quick to take advantage of them (and I am not always quick enough!).
  • I love the ideas that other people have, the little actions they take that are an insight into their soul and that of the receiver. It gives me inspiration to do MORE.
  • Sharing our thoughts and actions about kindness reminds me that we are all part of each other and something bigger.

So it’s all related. It can all be for The Project AND just because we are human. I don’t post about everything I do – I take St Matthew’s advice some of the time.

If your beliefs fall on the side of St Matthew, carry on! If you want to tell us about your actions anonymously, select anonymous in the drop down menu below. And if you want to shout a little from the rooftops (or on our facebook page) to spread the word, that’s all good too.

2 thoughts on “Isn’t Being Kind Just Being Human?

  1. This is a beautiful post! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I also find that people are shy to share their service work in a public forum. I am so glad when they take the time to send an email to talk about what they are doing in serving with their children. My boys and I are eager to add our energy to the Angel Zoe Kindness Project!

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