This week is international Random Acts of Kindness Week. Maybe it seems odd to have to have a special week to encourage kindness. Surely we should all be kind all the time! But it’s good to be reminded. A simple act of kindness can completely change someone’s day. There are loads of ideas and inspiring stories at https://www.randomactsofkindness.org but it’s not difficult for any of us to do something that somehow improves someone else’s day.
I was shopping in Morrisons at the weekend. When we reached the till, the lady behind us in the queue appeared to be struggling with getting her shopping onto the conveyor belt. To my surprise, without any prompting from me, my 13 year old son offered to help her. The lady politely declined the offer. I could see the look of deflation on my son’s face. It takes a lot of courage for us to offer help to a complete stranger. But, perhaps it was important for the lady to do it for herself on this occasion.
Learning to receive kindness is as important as giving it. It helps us realise our need for each other and builds community.
This week especially, may this place be full of kindness – but may it last way beyond this week, and not just because of a special campaign!