Learning to be kind…

May 31, 2014

My father was a police man. I remember his dedication to work, sense of duty and kindness towards people. I have very fond memories of him driving the vehicle while the driver would be sitting next to him. For a long time I thought he loved to drive until I was told by his driver one day that “Sir actually drives to give me rest. He does it when he realizes that I have been driving for too long.” He cared for him. This was just one act. He cared for people around him. No wonder that he received so much respect and love. His colleagues remembered him years after he retired. Some even paid us a visit after he passed away last year. If your colleagues remember you 25 years after you retire and some even visit to offer their condolences on your death, it is incredible.

How beautiful the world would be if people were kind towards each other. We keep hearing stories of kindness every day. We like people who are kind. We remember them.

I recently saw this short video “Unsung Hero” on youtube – a TV commercial spot by Thai Life Insurance. I invite all to watch it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwk3JXNUiboimage

The video is inspirational as well as educational. It teaches us how to be kind in our day-to-day life. We don’t have to be affluent to help others. Often it is about small gestures that meet an immediate need or just make people happy. It is about doing little things to those who come across our way whether they are children, adults or old; whether they are human beings or animals; whether they are known or strangers.

Kindness is an attitude that makes people see things differently; sense the needs of people around them; and do something.

Og Mandino, the American author of the bestselling book “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” sums it up well and offers a good advice:

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”