World Kindness Day reminds us that kindness is more than a polite gesture; it’s a catalyst for bridging gaps and creating connections that are vital for the cultivation of peace.
Kindness is uniquely universal. It crosses language, culture, and beliefs. It is something everyone understands and values. Whether it is a small or big gesture, it has the power to connect us and create a sense of belonging.
It is also a motivator with the power to encourage positive change. It extends like a ripple, with those who receive it being more inclined to pass it on. Acts of kindness contribute to the enrichment of relationships and an increased sense of self-awareness.
Kindness has a positive impact on mental and emotional well-being and is linked to psychological and spiritual happiness and joy. Kindness effectively diminishes negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression which can result in stress reduction and increased compassion, gratitude, and empathy.
While I am sure none of this is news to you, no wonder there is a whole day reminding the world of the value of kindness!
With our Missional Focus this month being peace, which feels more complicated these days than it should be, it is helpful to remember that we can work for peace in our vicinity just by starting with kindness.
With kindness as a catalyst, peace can be attainable.
Let’s spread some extra kindness as we strive to be “The Hand of God, in the Heart of the City.”
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.