Learning to be kind…

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.”


4 Responses to Learning to be kind…

  1. Mohd Nayyar Afaquue says:

    Touched and changed my way of being Kind.I shall never forget Og Mandino’s quote. Thanks…

  2. Masuma Jafri says:

    My heartfelt condolences Afsar bhai on Uncle’s passing away. I’m sure no amount of time can lessen the pain. He truly sounds like a great man. And they say you can judge a person by their children. And the praise of a person is no credit to the person himself but to their parents. So Afsar bhai i never knew your father but i do know for sure that he had to be an incredibly kind man because that is a trait which describes you His Son. So in being you and with all the kindness you show towards everyone you meet as i have seem everytime i have met you over the years, we are sending praise and all our respect to your Baba and Mummy. May Allah SWT give her a long healthy life and May Allah SWT increase your noble fathers darajat through every good deed you do iA. Ameen. This was such a heartwarming post and one which i will take a lesson from as i’m sure others will too. And that truly sounds like a life so beautifully lived if even after you are gone from this home to the next people can still take lessons and learn from your personality. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story Afsar Bhai. A story which makes you realize to treat all human beings with dignity and respect and to remember they are human even if employed by you. Truly thank you.

  3. Abriya Sultan says:

    Short & simple, yet powerful!

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