About 10 or 11 years ago as a student, I went to a birthday party which was in a brewery where you paid up front and could then drink as much as you wanted.
I think I’d been out the night before without any sleep too, this was my habit in those days, now I have a job and am bald.
Anyway I lived about 40 minutes outside Dublin city and I got on the nightbus to go home, absolutely wasted, and of course ended up falling asleep.
As I opened my eyes, in a complete state, I was being shaken by a few slightly older lads, who asked had I missed my stop. I then realised I was in the next town, about a 90-minute walk away from home, on a fairly cold night, with no money.
There was about 10 of them, all very drunk and they then proceeded to stage an “appeal” with other passengers, in the style of one of those ads about donating money for refugees or to cure a disease.
Like “this young man has fallen asleep on the nightbus - please give what you can - he doesn’t want hand-outs, he just wants to get home to his family” etc etc.
After about 10 minutes of this they had enough for me to get a taxi and they all waited on the street with me until one came, then formed a guard of honour as I got into it, shaking their hands and thanking them.
I guess nowadays this would be the kind of story that gets posted as a video on #banterbible or something, but I still think it was a nice thing to do, even if in hindsight the other passengers were prob intimidating into donating money just so some pisshead middle class student could get home.
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” ~The Dalai Lama
BY SOFO ARCHON
The healing power of kindness is amazing, but not many of us realize it. Indeed, just a small act of kindness can have a big positive impact on the world.
With our actions we are shaping our world, and hence the kind of life we are living. Different actions bring different results: an act of anger will bring hatred and violence, an act of kindness will bring love and compassion.
I believe that everyone feels that, when we are kind, no matter how small our acts of kindness are, we experience kindness coming back to us from the whole existence. When we are kind, we feel our soul opening, expanding and embracing the world. In this state of being, we feel transformed, as well as that we can help transform the world. By performing acts of kindness, we influence others to be kind too, and this produces an endless chain of effects, a circle of kindness.
Below is a well-directed short film that depicts how small acts of kindness can make a big positive difference to the way we relate to each other.
Kindness can spread just like a virus–fast and to a great extent. We only need to realize its healing power and use it for own own benefit, both on an individual and a collective level.
“As you sow, so shall you reap.” ~The Bible
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