"The small act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention." -Oscar Wilde
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." -Dalai Lama
So much has been written on kindness in today's world and yet we find it to be a dying virtue. In a world forcing you to join the rat race, excel at what you do and not care about how you reach the finish line, being kind just doesn't make it to the priority list of most people. However, as we celebrate World Kindness Day today, we recall some of the little things strangers did for each other and we are reminded that people actually have so much love to offer.
We all have something to learn from them.
Mother is a verb. It’s something you do, not just who you are!— Assam Police (@assampolice) November 10, 2019
Assam Police personnel in Darrang district taking care of the lil’ ones, while their mothers write the TET Exam. pic.twitter.com/u6fIx6hOjb
Assam Police took to Twitter and shared a picture of two officers deployed outside Don Bosco High School in Mangaldoi, where quite a few women took part in the Teachers’ Eligibility Test, popularly referred to as TET. Aspirants weren't allowed to take their infants inside the exam halls so these two ladies helped out.
India is the third-largest generator of carbon emissions. Gurudwaras in Delhi distributed saplings as prasaad to promote tree plantation in the Sikh community. This was done to mark the 550th birth anniversary year of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. What a wonderful initiative that promotes a cleaner and greener environment.
The Mumbai rains this year were terrifying. Over 30 people lost their lives and the city was in complete mayhem. However, a Mumbai Police officer showed us the true meaning of a selfless deed. PC Prakash Pawar rescued a dog from floodwaters. The heartwarming video went viral on social media and netizens couldn't stop lauding the officer.
Iqbal Singh, a CRPF jawan who survived the Pulwama attacks, made us all emotional after a video of him feeding a disabled Kashmiri boy went viral. The jawan had lost 40 of his colleagues the same day but that did not make him turn a blind eye towards this child. When he saw the hungry boy, he offered him his tiffin. He then realised that the child was physically challenged, so went ahead and fed him with his own hands. If this isn't humanity, then what is?
Best you will watch today. An #elephant calf fell into a ditch which was rescued. And see how mother stopped to thank the people. This is typical behaviour, elephants first try to rescue by their own, then leave space & stand far for getting help from Human. Via WA so quality. pic.twitter.com/rPx1EN9UIB— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) November 11, 2019
IFS Officer, Parveen Kaswan shared a heartwarming video on Twitter which shows how people helped a baby elephant who was stuck in a ditch. You can even see the mommy elephant saluting the people who saved her baby. Such a beautiful act of kindness, isn't it?
Three Delhi-based Sikh activists facilitated the return of 32 Kashmiri girls to their homes and even arranged for their travel tickets. The girls had come to Pune to train in nursing as a part of the Skill India project. After just five days of their training, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and the girls were left stranded. The trio raised money for their tickets and flew with them to Srinagar. Upon arrival, the Army came forward and ensured the safe transportation of the girls to their homes in Shopian, Srinagar, Kupwara, Badgam, and Baramullah districts.
Driven by love, compassion, and kindness towards animals, Nilanjana Biswas from West Bengal took a bank loan of roughly 4 lakhs to provide food and medicines to around 400 street dogs. She also sold her gold ornaments worth 2 lakhs to take care of the abandoned furballs.
Today and every other day I hope these acts of humanity remind us to make the world a better place in the smallest ways that we can. Give a stranger a compliment, help an elderly person up the stairs, hug your friend tightly or just smile at someone on the road. Be kind, always!