‘Being kind without expectation is the truest kind of kindness.’
– Zero Dean
So, the school came together to share good deeds for Kindness UK. Focusing on various acts of kindness within school, the children discussed what ‘kindness’ actually is, and debated what constituted an act of kindness.
Some people pretend to be kind because they have ulterior motives and want something in return, but that’s not kindness, that’s manipulation. Real kindness is always genuine. It could be smiling at a stranger on the way to work in the morning, holding a door open, letting someone have your seat on the train, paying someone a compliment etc.
I am kind-spirited and compassionate by nature. I volunteer on a regular basis, give my friends and neighbours cards containing money when they have a baby. It’s not five million pounds or anything, but a gesture, my way of blessing their entry into the world.
At times I let people into queues, I help people in need and sometimes when I’m blessed with boxes of chocolates (Easter/Christmas presents), I give them to my neighbours or people I meet along the way, as I know I’ll eat them. I am also quite lucky for the sheer number of times I’ve been shown kindness. There’s a recent time that comes to mind that I’ll you about.
A few months ago, I met an author at a workshop and we got talking about the writing life and thinking about ways to market our work. I showed him the three books I have on Amazon at the moment: Muddy Love, Soulless and Yellowest Orange. He asked me about Muddy Love and right away designed a cover. I was a little dumbstruck, which is a rarity for me because I can talk for England at the best of times!
I hadn’t hinted or asked him anything, and he’d finished it in about twenty minutes while we chatted over Messenger. I was so grateful. I guess that any act of kindness is never wasted. You always get it back, so it’s good to pay it forward when you can.
Anyway, the draft is below. Please let me know what you think. Do you think it works? Is it better than the previous one with the wolf? How do you think it could be improved? Grateful for your thoughts.
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