A guest blog article by Pooja Ballantine (instrument of change, student, world citizen)
I have noticed, the society we have created, it is so often not unified.
We stand in elevators, walk the sidewalks, and walk the streets without saying hi to one another. We live right next to people and we have no idea who they are. Our neighborhoods are not really communities anymore but rather just the places that we live in and we happen to live next to other people.
This isolation that we have created isn’t healthy but all too often we sit here and wait for someone else to do something. What we find is that all of us end up sitting and waiting for someone else to do it so we’re all stuck. It only takes one person to get the ball rolling and that person is you.
In an entangled universe like the one we live in, every kind gesture you extend towards somebody else is a kind gesture you extend ultimately towards yourself. When you extend out towards another person it is that which you should extend out towards yourself. I’m not saying that there isn’t harshness and cruelty and that compassion and kindness do not exist. But by demonstrating compassion, kindness, and love towards other people, change can happen.
And the very best way to do this is random acts of kindness! When done, I challenge you to pay attention to the way that this causes you to feel, to the way that this is going to change your perception of the world around you. Random acts don’t have to be big… simple and honest will do the trick.
I even have some suggestions for you:
- Write Anonymous positive notes on scraps of paper and place them randomly on car windshield.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you.
- Donate things from your house to a charity or a library.
- Create and give care package to homeless shelters
- Visit people in an old age home.
- Throw a surprise party.
- Help someone with something that you know they’d have to do especially when you know it would take less time to do with more people pitching in.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Let someone behind you go in line in front of you at the grocery store.
- Give someone a great compliment instead of keeping the thought to yourself.
- Buy flowers
- Volunteer to walk and play with the animals at the animal shelters
- Bake cookies for your neighbors. Even let someone in traffic go in front of you.
This list is not limited – be creative! You’ll see how much our society will change in just a short time, especially if many do this – maybe the whole of the world. Not only is the society being changed in good way, but so is our very nature.
Honestly, be the change you wish to see in the world. One person at a time. One action at a time.