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Genuine Kindness

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 10, 2009

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So, when was the last time you were genuinely kind or nice to someone, without expecting anything in return for your kindness?

Those moments when you are not thinking about anything in particular and act on your inner most kindness, without a single thought of reciprocity is, I think, called Altruism.

I am as guilty as many other folks, but when I am not under a great deal of stress these occurrences of altruism happen much more frequently. Principally, I appreciate this quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others, and I believe that we all should practice this quality on a daily basis.

A few months back I was having a really bad time, it seemed that no matter what I did more crap was piling up. I was even feeling like life was a worthless thing and everything was challenging me to consume and paralyze my being.

A beautiful July day I was walking at the nearby park, surrounded by trees, nature, people, there in my own pity, self doubt, state of ill-being and everything else negative that I could bring together. Out of nowhere, a little girl, that was playing walked up to me, with not a care in the world, and handed me an unripe two-lobed walnut seed/fruit she had found from the nearby Walnut tree. She couldn’t have been more than 4 years old, she said to me don’t be sad mister, look at this pretty fruit, I found, here you can have it, it will make you really happy.

She saw right through me, a 4 year old, saw that I was in a state and was able to bring me into the moment.

I didn’t know what to say, tears started to pool up in my eyes. Her mother watched on as she handed me the fruit. I knew right then that kindness, wisdom, sensitivity does not come with age, but with being conscious, having appreciation, and looking at the true beauty of the world.

I took that fruit with me as a reminder and have placed it underneath a beautiful picture in my room. Now, I have been much more focused on the beauty of life and extending the usual kindness to others wherever possible, it does not cause a negative consequence for them, and at best improves things for everyone.

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