25 days of kindness – December 25th
Happy Holidays everyone! My 25 days of kindness blogging challenge has finally come to a close and I must admit, I’m glad to see the back of it.
Not because I found trying to be kind difficult. On the contrary, bursting the bubble of self-absorption and consciously thinking of others was liberating and refreshing. I realised how easy it is to be kind and that a small, seemingly insignificant act could be a vital step towards restoring somebody’s faith in humanity.
No, the difficulty of this challenge lay in cooking up a host of original good deeds which would benefit a variety of people whilst fitting in with my pre-existing plans for the day. Often I would find myself driving out to the nearest town purely to carry out my act of kindness, but by doing so I was unnecessarily burning fuel which is hardly kind to the environment.
What this challenge has done, therefore, is teach me to constantly be on the look out for opportunities to show kindness rather than worry about creating the opportunities. That said, it is definitely worth going out of your way to do a good and selfless deed, provided that the effects are overwhelming positive without repercussions for other people or our planet.
So, to complete the challenge, I resorted back to my ever diminishing post-it notes. On Christmas morning, I wrote “Merry Christmas! x” on several of the little snowmen and posted them through random letter boxes in the village.
Though this is the final act in my blog, it is just the beginning of my journey to becoming a better person.
25 days of kindness – December 15th
Being kind to others is a way of being good to yourself.
I came across this quote by Harold Kushner today and I am completely on board. Not only does consciously being kind improve our feeling of self worth, but seeing someone appreciate our action can leave us with that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Yet after a difficult day and hours spent compiling lists of potential acts of kindness, nothing seemed a viable option… until I saw the following suggestion: be kind to yourself. And that’s when I realised that Harold Kushner’s idea concept can also work in reverse. Sometimes, you have to be good to yourself in order to be kind to others. Whether that’s taking a hot bath, sitting down to eat something delicious and nutritious, or in my case, drinking a big glass water, closing my laptop and getting an early night. It’s time to stop beating myself up about things I can’t change and to wake up tomorrow ready again to kill it with kindness.
P.S. My cheek swab kit arrived today from DKMS blood stem cell donation! (See my post ‘Bloody Mary’ from December 7th).
25 days of kindness – December 13th
In my blog last Wednesday, I talked about going into a primary school with my Auntie to give an ESL lesson to an Italian boy struggling with Selective Mutism. Unfortunately the poor soul was stuck in bed with a fever, but this week I am pleased to report that he was fit and healthy and we were able to do some English exercises with him. Maybe the 13th isn’t so unlucky after all!
I’m not sure if it was through my ability to speak his mother tongue or just my pure goofiness, but by the end of the hour I managed to get him giggling – result! I knew the chances of him feeling comfortable enough to speak to me were very low, but the positive response and the closing high five made me believe it was all worthwhile.
On a rather unrelated note, whilst I try to take photographs daily to accompany my blog posts, naturally that was not possible today. However, in keeping with the Italian theme, I thought I would share a panorama I took earlier this year of Mount Etna in Sicily instead. And on a completely unrelated, here’s a picture of my new festive socks. Aren’t they fun and fluffy?
25 days of kindness – December 12th
There are few ways to feel more festive than by reading a children’s Christmas story.
I was skimming though The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, purely to check if it might be a suitable gift for my Goddaughter, of course, and not at all for my own enjoyment… I’m a grown 23-year-old adult after all…
It was absolutely lovely and funny and silly as kids’ books should be, until a particular paragraph caught me off guard and I found myself completely choked.
Feeling rotten is much worse than just feeling bad or sad. Feeling rotten is when it seems like no one else in the world understands how you’re feeling.
Even though the story is written for children, it approaches a subject which people of all ages can relate to, whether you call it depression, being down in the dumps or “feeling rotten”. And whilst Christmas for many is a time of celebration, we mustn’t forget that for others it can be extremely isolating and lonely.
I was immediately reminded of a post I had seen on my Facebook News Feed earlier today and felt I just had to share it.
It’s okay not to be okay 💙
Sometimes it’s easier talking to a stranger…
With Christmas adverts shouting about the ‘perfect’ life, this is more important than usual. The Samaritans, free call 116 123 (UK). A simple copy and paste might save a life.
Would 3 of my Facebook friends please copy this post?
#SuicideAwareness #MentalHealth #ItsGoodToTalk
It’s such a small and simple act, yet if seen at a critical moment, it could be life-saving.
Look out for each other… 💙