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Nov. 13: World Kindness Day

November 13, 2009

World Kindness WeekThe World Kindness Day Web site said the following about the event and the purpose behind it:

The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realize we are citizens of the world.

As world citizens, we have a commonality and must realize that if progress is to be made in human endeavors – if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence – we must focus on what we have in common.

When we find likenesses, we begin to experience empathy, and in such a state, we can fully relate to that person or those people.

While we may think of people from other cultures as being ‘different’ when compared to our own customs and beliefs, it doesn’t mean that we are any better than they are. And when we become friends with someone from a different culture, we discover that despite some obvious differences, there are many similarities.

Sometimes, knowledge that is passed on to us about different races and cultures has become distorted, and we build up a false, negative impression of these people. It is only when we get to know such people that we realize it is a lie.

We can be co-creators of a better world, and we can have a positive effect on world peace when we bring order into our lives. Be what you want the world to be. Is that difficult? Only if you think it is!

When we accept the reality that we can create positive change, we move beyond ourselves, our limitations, our doubts and realize our infinite power.

We may be proud of our country, but if we think of ourselves as citizens of a country, it can become easy to distance ourselves from the misery taking place in other parts of the world.

RAK_kindness_poster_for_kidsThe basic principle of kindness is in joining – in acknowledging that we have a connection with every living thing on this planet.

As the name implies, World Kindness Day is about being kind to the world. The ‘Lonely Planet’ not only refers to a travel guide, it is descriptive of the Earth – the only planet in our solar system known to be teeming with life. It’s all we have, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to make it the nicest place to live, because it’s the only place we have to live.

Isn’t it time everyone began thinking more about others and less about themselves?

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