People in all Hues
The world around us consists of all kinds of people. People who are soft hearted, mild, gentle natured, harsh, rude, violent, calm, outgoing, introverts etc. Human character is moulded by various factors. First of all, it depends on the upbringing of kids at home.
Next, the environment at home plays a major factor. The friends circle that we belong to, the kind of company we have with our close circles, our parents, relatives, their behaviors, all cast a very important influence in shaping a person’s behavior and characteristics.
No person is hundred percent good or bad. A so called good person also has negative attributes inside him and a person who is branded as being bad also shows good qualities inside him. It is the scenarios or occurrences of events that change a person and make him good or bad.
Generally, we shouldn’t judge a person in a bad situation since a person does not respond properly when he is angry or high tempered. Bad situations don’t make a person good or bad. It shows the person’s ability to deal with the situation.
A person with a lot of positive attributes shows innate qualities of kindness and it shows in his ways and behavior as well. A person is said to be kind if he is sympathizing, understanding and courteous in his ways and mannerisms.
A school teacher who does not have the skills to handle a class of primary school children can often be spotted yelling at the students and annoying himself and the whole ambience around. He would be possessed with poor management skills making him unable to sustain the class in a smooth manner.
The person has no kindness towards his class children, the inability to handle him seems primary and he is irresponsible in his duties.
Let us contrast this with another teacher, who is well trained and has the abilities and experience to handle any given class. He could be seen managing the class so well those students listen to him carefully and they grow fond of him.
Importance of Kindness
Kindness dwells in the heart and is reflected on one’s face. When we see a cute little pup in our neighborhood searching for some food, we sympathize with it. We sympathize with its inability to find food for itself. We feel bad for the poor creature.
After seeing the pup in this state, if we offer some help, we go to exhibit kindness towards it. If we stop at just feeling bad for the poor creature, then we offer our share of sympathies, kindness does not exist there.
Beauty of Kindness
Kindness comes out of love, pure and genuine concerns. When we see a long waiting queue on the road where plenty of vehicles have lined up in the midst of slow moving traffic, the first thing that comes to our mind is road rage and unnecessarily we start yelling at fellow riders for no reason at all.
If we have kindness in our hearts and bear the fact that the fellow riders around us are also fellow sufferers in a similar way as us, then our way of looking at the scenario changes.
With kindness, comes a deep understanding in our minds that lets us change the thinking we possess. Instead of yelling at fellow commuters, if we learn to handle the situation, wait till our turn comes and allows us to start moving, then we could be much more at peace with ourselves.
A multi tasking modern day mother can be seen juggling with multiple tasks at the same time. She can be seen managing the house chores, preparing breakfast for her family, packing lunch boxes, waking the kids up and preparing them for their day at school, etc.
Very frequently, she could be seen yelling around at her kids with frustration. All this happens when she tries to do many things at the same time and feels the need of a helping hand to support her. The kids, for no wrong reason of theirs bear the brunt and listen to their mother’s harsh words and rebukes.
If the same mother showed a little kindness towards her children, she could understand enough to realize the children at young age hardly understand their responsibilities. Hence, kindness comes into picture, when situations are handled with ease, with good thinking and a positive attitude.
Kindness in Different Forms
We should have compassion and kindness towards other fellow human beings, towards Mother Nature, towards pets, towards other creatures in our environment. Let us go through how we can show kindness towards Mother Nature.
The world is increasingly becoming selfish because it wants to convert forest lands that are filled with greenery into commercial buildings which are profitable in lucrative in terms of the money they earn from there. But the damage it causes to the land beneath and the destruction of the whole environment is a big intangible thing.
The destruction caused is beyond measurable terms. Let us show some kindness to Mother Nature which has offered us so much to lead a good life. It has given us sunshine, fruits and vegetables to eat, a place to live, air to breathe, water to survive, etc.
Without these essentials, we cannot even think of leading a good life. So let’s be regardful of these vital essentials that we have received from mother earth and be kind in our ways when wit our surroundings. Let’s not cut down trees to make way for big complexes, let’s allow them to survive in their own way to preserve greenery around.
We can see so many street dogs lying on the streets, totally abandoned. It’s none of their fault that they are in the place where they are often seen. We as humans can show some kindness to them and make arrangements for their rehabilitation.
They cannot speak of their needs and wants. We as humans can be a little compassionate and find them a shelter house where they will be taken care of and given proper food and water at regular time intervals. We can see many such domestic animals lying wounded on streets waiting for somebody to care for them.
We can see dogs having wounded legs just because somebody had fun in pelting stones at them. We cannot imagine the pain they undergo when somebody hits them a stone.
They cannot express their pain in words. It’s only though a painful sight that humans can understand that something is wrong with them. We as humans can show some compassion and care towards such creatures and at least arrange for their treatment and for a proper shelter.
Kind words, filled with care and compassion can turn even a stone hearted man into a beautiful human being. Pain, sorrows, bad moments are there in everybody’s lives. But a few kind words of care and concern can go a long way in creating a big difference in one’s life and bringing a broad smile on their faces.
The next important thing to talk about in kindness is the most important thing, which many fail to bring about. That is the care and kind attention we give to elders and our parents. Parents bring up their children with lots of love, affection and care. They see to it that their children are the best in the world.
As they start ageing, their kids become powerful and wear their parent’s shoes. When it is their turn to take care of their own parents or grandparents, the current generation could be seen stepping back from their responsibilities. They can often be seen ignoring their parents or elders in the family.
The family that took care of them when they were little toddler and served them, every happiness they wished for. The world isn’t too kind today. But we can all pledge and change the situation for the better. We should have lots of love, compassion and respect for the elders.
They should be treated with kind words. They have a world full of experiences behind them and whenever they advise us, they share this big bounty of experienced knowledge with us.
We should be fortunate to see ourselves amidst elders and parents and act kindly with them. We should treat them with respect and have faith in their words. We should support their health and engage them in activities of their choice that brings happiness on their faces as well.