World Kindness Day
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived is to have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson highlighted a fundamental human principle through this timeless quote – kindness. As we celebrate World Kindness Day, an occasion, vast majority of us are unaware of, it is only correct for us to first signify the history of such a day and how it came into being.
This day was first introduced as an observatory day by the organization ‘World Kindness Movement.’ Although the NGO was officially registered only a year ago, the history of the day dates back to a convention based in Tokyo in 1977. A number of prominent institutions and associations from countries such as Australia, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom had assembled at the conference as they had dedicated themselves to empowering and encouraging kindness in society. The initial configuration of the World Kindness Movement was a result of this event and it was declared then that their inception stated their “pledge to join together to build a kinder and more compassionate world.” The World Kindness Day came into being with the idea of fulfilling this declaration.
While India wasn’t ever officially included in the convention, what we can all agree upon is that kindness, a basic quality valuable to humans and often undermined is as essential for survival as almost every other thing man deems, is. It only works better when you show it toward people in your community who are more needy, more deprived of warmth and love and care.
The idea is to take cognizance of so simple a fact, of enabling each other to make our environment slightly more bearable and tolerable, of inculcating values in humanity. ASF is trying hard to extend their kindness toward the elderly, commonly assumed to not be of importance and often ignored. Are we not habituated to only fulfil tangible needs of the elderly and believe that our responsibility ends there? How frequently do we go the extra mile of dedicating our time, energy and some attention just to know that they are doing alright and are internally at ease?
You see, this isn’t’t very difficult. In fact, as humans, being the centre of emotions and thoughts, these are qualities that come to us naturally, without having to learn or struggle for. Don’t you think it’s time, we pause and reflect?