As I reminisce over the various stories on kindness that have been shared with me and remember the way people’s faces have lit up when I have shown them kindness, I’m more resolute to never underestimate the power of one kind deed or word because it could literarily save a life. In a busy and fast-paced world, it’s quite easy to be so preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of life that we miss plenty opportunities to make a positive difference in someone’s life. As Leo Buscaglia put it, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind … Continue reading Kindness Matters
No matter the amount of time you’ve clocked in this parenting business, one thing you’d realize is that it’s a lifetime of sacrifices! I hate to be the one to break it to you but if you’re a new parent…it never really stops – your object of sacrifice just changes. So at a time you’re giving up your precious sleep and at another time, it’s your clothes, shoes, perfumes, car, money and sleep again (with all those night moves *ahem*)…It just never ends and to be perfectly honest it can sometimes seem like all the sacrifices go unnoticed and unappreciated. … Continue reading You…Yes YOU!
A few hours of having my children home for the Christmas holidays and the “fun” has already begun! I am blessed with two amazing young adult children (girl and boy) who love and get along with each other quite well. Sometimes they do have rather unconventional ways of showing their love for each other with jabs and teasing that leave me in “pain”. Not sure if it’s just me but have you ever watched your children (no matter what age) bicker or have “friendly” banters with one another? I’m usually tempted to jump in and remind each of them of … Continue reading Sibling Kindness
About two weeks ago, I came across an interview on YouTube held with the first deaf-blind Harvard Law graduate – Haben Girma. To say I was impressed would be putting it mildly. I was also very curious to know her story and how she accomplished such a feat – I can only imagine the effort and adjustment being deaf or blind would require but to be both and graduate from Harvard…with a Law degree…wow!!!! After getting over my initial amazement, I listened intently to the interview and there was something Haben said that has kept ringing in my head. The interviewer asked … Continue reading Connecting with People who are “Different”
Last week we started our discourse on inculcating a kindness culture in our children. Kindness is multifaceted – it finds expression in several ways – being generous, caring, understanding, forgiving…but my focus today is on Kindness expressed by being friendly, and how we can help our children develop social skills that result in positive & healthy friendships. How many of us have had our kids say to us “John doesn’t want to play with me again”? Or perhaps your child is the one who says, “Bella is not my friend again.” How do you react to these seemingly childish reports?… … Continue reading A Culture of Kindness…Friendship
I find it quite interesting how from the month of November, the “Christmas buzz” fills the air…. physical and cyberspace bustling with Christmas sales, décor, gift ideas… Parents, family, friends and organizations shopping around for gifts … It has become a culture that cuts across different ages, races and beliefs. What if we cultivated a culture of kindness – all year round? How about letting kindness be a part of our everyday life and showing our children what it really means and how to be kind? Imagine the difference it would make. One of the beauties of kindness is that it … Continue reading KINDNESS… A Culture Worth Preserving