© 2009 Marica

106 – Experiencing kindness

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
— Annie Lennox

On the way home from work I stopped in at the supermarket to get a few things. Racing around the narrow supermarket aisles and while waiting to be served at the checkout I noticed how everyone looked tired. It was certainly a reflection of the time of day but also the time of year as we all scramble to make it to Christmas.

My mind was very focussed on getting home after a long day at work. Lynsey was sick in bed and I wanted to see him. I wanted to sit down and have a pick-me up cup of coffee. I wanted to go through our front door and feel the joy of being home, my sanctuary from the rest of the world.

Leaving the supermarket felt good. Once I was out in the fresh air walking towards my car I knew I was getting closer to being at home – I so wanted to be there. One minute everything was as per normal and the next I was lying on the ground along with the contents of my trolley sprawled out around me – coffee beans had burst forth from their packet, yellow egg  yolks oozed from their cardboard container, strawberries had escaped their plastic prison and were lying all around me, packets, tins, vegetables were lying everywhere.

I don’t know what happened except that the trolley rolled and it took me with it. To make matters worse all of this happened at the entrance of the supermarket car park. Cars started to queue up out on the street as they waited for me to remove myself and my groceries.

I was shocked by the whole experience and unbelievably embarrassed. I slowly managed to get myself up off the ground and started picking up all my groceries. As I was throwing them into the trolley a young woman came over to offer her help. A few moments later a young man who had been busking playing his guitar at the entrance to the shopping mall also came over. That was it. No-one else offered any help despite people being everywhere. Some even walked past me, looked and continued on their way.

More so than usual was the feeling of relief as I walked through my front door. Feeling sore and still a bit shocked by what had happened I now felt safe.

Being kind seems to be difficult for some people. This especially true when people are under pressure or rushing. In such times “me” becomes the priority and we can become oblivious to the needs of others. I needed kindness today and two people offered it (thank goodness for them), the rest looked on and did nothing. I was an annoyance for most of the people around me. I slowed them down unwittingly and this wasn’t part of their plan. Believe me it wasn’t a part of my plan either.

Manifesto
13. Every day be better than you were the day before.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.
31. Every day mend bridges, bury hatchets, say sorry and move on.

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