the kindness project: july

11 July 2012

As you know, I've been writing a lot about kindness and compassion and all the things to make one a better person. Well, I'd been browsing the blogosphere, when I encountered this project. It's like a meme, to be posted the second Wednesday of every month. Here's what it's about (from the website)

Too often kindness is relegated to a random act performed only when we’re feeling good. But an even greater kindness (to ourselves and others) occurs when we reach out even when we aren't feeling entirely whole. It’s not easy, and no one is perfect. But we’ve decided it’s not impossible to brighten the world one smile, one kind word, one blog post at a time. To that end, a few of us writers have established The Kindness Project, starting with a series of inspirational posts. We post the second Wednesday of every month.

Thanks to the kind and polite host, I am now part of this project :D The goal is to inspire people to be kind and I think I can achieve that.


I once had to dog-sit and it was part terror (for I had never taken care of a real live animal before) and part thrill and happiness. Look, here she is (her name is Ginny, named after Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, haha)

cutest dog in the world. She has such a funny face that makes me laugh all the time

I did things that made her upset. Like put her in her cage at night, or not let her go into the neighbour's garden even though she really wanted to (refused to move anywhere else) but when I let her out to play or just walk around the house, her tail would start wagging and she'd follow me around the house everywhere. The capability of love and forgiveness a dog has is astounding and admirable, and if we could channel maybe like, five percent of it, we'd be fantastic.

Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.   -Buddha

I get upset when someone's mean, but I get a hundred times happier when someone's nice. To the left is a picture of the Buddha I have sitting on my desk right now. They say you should keep a Buddha in every room in the house (except the bathroom, and maybe the garage if that counts) It's stacked up on books too, because he has to be face level, and any lower would be disrespectful. Anyway. He's a lovely presence in my room, and makes everything brighter. He's also an inspiration to me to be a better, kinder person. There's something about Buddha that brings out the better in the people :)

2 thoughts:

  1. This is so lovely, Kirthi. If only we could muster the kind of affection and kindness that dogs have, this would truly be a better world. Also, I think I need a Buddha. At least one! And I'll be sure to put it at eye level. I didn't know that.

    P.S. I also volunteer at a library (as school library, actually). It's very rewarding :D

  2. Have you read Siddhartha yet? Great read. Check it out.


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