Kindness Humanises Us

Kindness Humanises Us

In a far away land there was once a type of small wild car that would drive freely around the countryside.
They didn’t need roads or fuel since all they needed to be able to move was good thoughts and desires – a rather original idea of their eccentric inventor.
Those cars became really famous, and the wild car races were everyone’s favourite pastime. Every boy dreamt about driving one, as their lightweight and their honesty and sincerity made them ideal drivers. And as it was difficult to find light children with such good hearts that they could maintain goodthoughtsthroughoutanentirerace,therewereoftenteststodiscovernewtalent,duringwhich every boy would have a unique opportunity to demonstrate his ability with the wild cars.
So, one day, the testing team arrived at the small town where Nick lived. Nick was a good kid who, like many others, didn’t sleep that night, while queueing up, waiting his turn to drive one of the cars. During the wait, many boys rehearsed and practiced their good wishes and thoughts, but as soon as the gates were opened, a great lot of elbowing and pushing revealed that not all were as good as they appeared.
However, the organisers expected this kind of thing, and after a few simple tests such as thanking someone for giving you a chocolate, helping to prepare the races, and respectfully attending to a rather annoying little old lady, there was only a small group of really good children left. Nicky was among them.
So, those children took turns to get into the cars and do a few laps of the circuit. Nick would go last, but it didn’t bother him much, since he enjoyed seeing up close how the cars accelerated. When his turn came, his heart was beating ten to the dozen. Due to the excitement, he could hardly run, and so was about the last to get into his car. He was so happy, that he was a little late in realising that there was one last boy yet to get into his car; a boy who walked using crutches, and who hadn’t been able to reach the car earlier.
Kindness is an act of being friendly, generous and considerate. It is a genuine show of affection, gentleness, warmth, concern and care which requires courage. Studies have proven that kindness is an instinctual, interpersonal skill which guarantees lasting well-being. Devoting our resources to others, rather than stacking them up for ourselves, has been found by researchers to be the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in the society. A sense of community is created when we are kind to those who need help and full-heartedly celebrate someone else’s accomplishment.
One person at a time; a compliment, a smile, holding the door for others, or offering to carry a heavy load, genuinely thanking someone for their help, appreciating that special someone, and standing against gossip, are simple acts of kindness we need to practice. Kindness is a behavioral response of selfless compassion for others before one’s own interests. Kindness is linked inextricably to happiness and a sense of feeling like our true purpose is being fulfilled at both the psychological and spiritual level. When we practice random acts of kindness, we release an energy of positive high and “feel good” hormones.
Kindness is a habit of giving in our own little way to lift burdens from others by merely provide a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. Kindness humanizes us for the better. Here is how Mother Theresa captured it, “we cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”
Nick could hear the head of testing say:
-“I’m very sorry, my boy, there are no cars left, and this is the last test of the day. The cars have to be rested soon. Come on, you’ll get your opportunity some other day…”
Seeing the shine of excitement disappear from that boy’s face, and witnessing his deep sadness, Nick took a deep breath, got out of his car and said:
-“It’s OK, he can have my car.”
The engine of that car roared like never before, while the injured boy got in, filled with joy. Nick was happy at what he had done, though a little bit disappointed. But before setting off, the other boy saw the hint of sadness in Nick’s face and, grateful to him, reached out his hand, saying:
-“Get in. We’ll go together, even though it’ll make us a bit slower.”
Nicky leapt in. The two happily embraced, but they hardly managed to do anything else. Their car thundered like a rocket, and made off at the speed of light!
That race broke all known records, and during that season Nick and his friend won every competition they entered, becoming the idols of all, spreading their friendship and good wishes to every corner of the world.
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What is your own take-away and lesson from this story?
What is the lesson for life, business and personal journey?

2019-04-01T02:29:30+00:00April 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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