True kindness

True kindness is something that is truly one of the most magical things about life and shows real humanity.

We have just moved into a new house about 8 months ago and on the first day, a lady appears in our garden with a cake and welcome card. She lives with her husband across the street from us.

She speaks to everyone, a rarity in our modern world sadly, she is not intrusive, but very friendly and helpful. Her husband did some carpentry work for us, another kind person, and as we get to know them, we realise how much other kind stuff she does.

Randomly, she’ll knock on the door and say ‘I’ve just baked some soda bread’ or ‘here are some scones I’ve just made’.

Today, my daughter is having some friends over to celebrate her birthday and she knocks on the door with a cake, a card, some scones and a little present.

The thing is she does it as true kindness as she has no expectation of anything in return, she does it because it makes her happy.

These small acts of random kindness make you feel grateful for being alive and to be human. It brings so much joy.

Thank Veronica.

Bubbles of intolerance

Our society is now made up of echo chambers of polarised opinions separated often behind screens, where people spout hate from their keyboards.

It’s about banning, ridiculing, boycotting, smearing, shaming, shouting over, and total intolerance of anything other than the views of our bubble. It’s all anti.

There is no conversation, no dialogue, no compromise.

The bubbles of intolerance will leave us all deaf to any other view, which is an increasingly dangerous position for the human race to be in. The lack of discussion breeds more hatred, more extreme views without any counter-balance to moderate them.

We all need to burst out of our own bubbles and connect with the opposite views and seek to understand, listen and without evaluation.

It’s hard for all of us, but it is the only way to stop extreme views on all sides and the only way to kill hatred, bring back civility and embrace the power that compromise will bring to all humans.

One human race will never become a reality all the time there is hate.