World Kindness Day

stickywicket Member Posts: 27,686
edited 14. Nov 2019, 10:36 in Chit chat
Is, apparently, today.

Most of these 'days' I'm sure are created by card manufacturers to flog us their product but I rather like the sound of this one.

I also like the sound of current research which says that being kind helps us to live longer.

And I like the sentiments expressed here by Edgar Guest  (1881 - 1959)

We cannot say
What lips are praising us to-day.
We cannot tell
Whose prayers ask God to guard us well.
But kindness lives
Beyond the memory of him who gives.
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
Steven Wright


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,635
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Interesting, and heartening, article. Thanks for sharing.
    I love this poem on the subject:

    Small Kindnesses

    By Danusha Laméris

    I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
    down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
    to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
    when someone sneezes, a leftover
    from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
    And sometimes, when you spill lemons
    from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
    pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
    We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
    and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
    at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
    to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
    and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
    We have so little of each other, now. So far
    from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
    What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
    fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
    have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,” “I like your hat.”

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,686
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00

    Thank you, Mod Ann, not only for this lovely poem but also for introducing me to a poet I'd never heard of but will now keep returning to. I Googled her and read a few more of her poems. I love Bonfire Opera. That was, indeed, a kindness :D
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright