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Small moments of kindness peek through our everyday lives, from your neighbors’ “Good morning!” to a surprise “I’ll take care of that for you” at the office. This week, we want you to explore what that kindness means to you, and share it with others. 

Kill ‘Em With Kindness

When I was eighteen, I had my first internship in New York City. Centered on my need to get wherever I was going in the same hurried frenzy as everyone around me, I was often overwhelmed by the city.

The moment I would step off the bus and walk toward the subway, I had my game face on: I was on my way to the A train and not a single person could stop me. Suddenly, my pace was double-time, caught up in the speed of the others making their way to work, coffee in hand.

One day, out of the blue, a couple walked up to me and handed me their MetroCard, the card used to pay for the NYC subway system. For a moment, I was confused as to what they wanted.

“Do you need help, directions?” I asked. Again, they motioned for me to take their MetroCard.

“We’re leaving and we’re not going to be able to use what’s left on this,” they said, “so you have it.”

It was such a simple gesture, and such a kind one. It was a relief to not have to pay for my ride that day, and such a break from the usual go go go routine. Clearly, I never forgot it.

Paying It Forward

Right in the middle of New York City, a free library for everyone to enjoy. Sweet!

Right in the middle of New York City, a free library for everyone to enjoy. Sweet!

We all experience kindness at some point in our day: that kindness may come from a loved one, a stranger, or, maybe most importantly, ourselves. As we move through life, we also offer the same kindness to others, through a thoughtful compliment, a token of affection, a supportive glance.

For this week’s writing challenge, ponder the significance of kindness in your life. That may mean:

  • Telling us about the last time or the most memorable time you received a random act of kindness from a stranger.
  • Sharing the details of your last act of kindness, or when you wish you had been kinder when you weren’t.
  • Explaining what kindness means in a time when it’s so easy to leave anonymous, uncensored comments on blog posts, videos, pictures, and more.
  • Offering tales about times when you’ve needed to be kinder to yourself, and how you did that.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you have to share. While you’re at it, take the time to practice kindness and leave a comment on one of your favorite posts that you see here in response to this prompt, and I’ll join you in that effort.

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  1. moments of kindness are like God ordain moments of encouragements in our lives. Sort of like seeing a sign that says a mile to gas the last station for 200 miles when your gas gauge is registering “E” when you know that God has not abandoned you, keep going one step, or mile, at a time

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  2. There is a Yoko Ono quote that simply suggests to not talk about others for three days, i.e. being drama free. Try it for three days, then six days, then a week, then months, then attempt for forever, and watch your life significantly change. When you start to talk less about others, and more about yourself, you distance yourself from the competition or the glamour of others. You soot to become yourself, and focus on yourself, rather than what others are doing and how they are living.

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  3. The random acts of kindness gives unexpected joy , during busy daily life. In India, we take auto rickshaws to cover distances in cities. I use them a lot. Our city , Hyderabad is easier to commute in autos(shortform). Though the reputation of the auto drivers are not so good, I have received lot of help from them.
    Once one driver whom I had hired,saw that I was struggling to cross a busy street which had a huge road divider, he offered to take my shopping list across, ran about, bought the stuff and came back to hand over the stuff with receipt, while I was sitting in the auto rickshaw. My eyes filled up,

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