Today, the 13th of November, is World Kindness day. Today is a day to remember that we are all human. We all have feelings, and we all want to be shown kindness. We all need kindness, and we all need to show kindness. It could be as simple as telling your husband you appreciate his doing the dishes (I'm lucky, I know) or as extensive as giving some baking to someone who is sick. You often hear that when a new neighbor moves in, it's nice to welcome them to the neighborhood with a casserole or some baked goods. Does anyone actually do this anymore? I'm not aware of it ever happening to anyone in my life. Why is this? It's because we are losing our village mentality. Everyone knows the saying, "It takes a village", but who practices this? I think we have really lost something over the years because our family units have become a separate, private entity.
To me, a village means everyone looking out for everyone, and helping achieve wants and needs. As an example, when I in elementary school,
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Personally, I find it very important to have that village. People that you can count on, and know that they can count on you. We have our small circle of family and friends that we consider our village. Today, the whole world is our village. Sometimes we feel like we don't have enough time for our own families, let alone anyone else. So what can we do? Buy some Halls for a sick co-worker. Bring home a coffee or hot chocolate for your spouse. Offer to drive a friend with no transportation to an appointment. Tell someone you love thank you, simply for being there for you.
Or, for those who are simply addicted to technology, send an e-card! I was also made aware of this website recently, www.freerice.com. It's a great website, where you answer questions about vocabulary, art, geography, or a lot of other options. For each question you get right, you "donate" grains of rice through the World Food Programme. Also, here is a link to a webpage telling a little bit more about World Kindness Day.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!