Planting Seeds of Kindness
Seeds of kindness. Kindness is defined as, “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.”
Words like warm-heartedness, gentleness, warmth and consideration are all closely connected with the word kindness.
Could you imagine a world where we all treated one another with a sense of kindness? Kindness is such a beautiful quality. It’s a quality we all have the capacity for and the earlier we begin to develop and nurture this quality the more fulfilling and happy life can be. And don’t just take my word for it, there’s scientific research to support this.
Recent research is revealing that living a life with kindness at the very core of your existence, is a more joyful and satisfying way to live. All the external, superficial trappings only seem to have us wanting more, without ever seemingly to be contented.
Planting seeds of kindness in our children can be shown in many ways. As parents we can choose to model kindness on a daily basis. It can be as simple as becoming more present and aware of our surroundings. Sharing a kind word to someone, extending an ear to listen or even displaying a simple kind gesture.
Kindness can also be demonstrated in other ways including the activities you love to share with one another. You could choose to enjoy a day crafting and creating homemade gifts for friends. It might be a day at the beach swimming and making sandcastles and you invite someone over to join in the fun. Or perhaps it’s a morning in the garden being and sharing in the magic together. As cliché as it sounds, gardening is a wonderful way to show just how important kindness and care comes into play when trying to grow something.
Potting seeds together and tending to these with water, sunlight and a little bit of love, is a great way to show the significance and impact of kindness. Without attention and consideration to the plants needs and wants, the plant will not thrive. However, with patience and generosity plants can flourish.
Today, now more than ever, kindness towards one another is very important. Developing a generation of children that are aware of qualities like kindness, empathy, mindfulness and gratitude are not only helping them to have the tools themselves to cope with the challenges that arise, but the overall effect on the community and society in general can be so powerful.
Desmond Tutu says, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”