Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A message of support from the Crazy Columbian

I received this message from my friend Diego AKA the Crazy Columbian and thought I would share it with you all as its content is relevant to us all.

Thanks for sharing the story of your epiphany and the impact it had on you. As you start operating in the kindness space you will find just how many people are working on bringing the same message to others, and wanting to inspire the world to be just a little bit kinder.

As you know, whilst you are working on catching stories of kindness, I am working on inspiring more giving in this world ( One thing worth sharing here is that whilst it took a REALLY big act of kindness to raise your awareness to the possibilities of a more open, kind world, for many people this can be achieved through the daily example of small acts of kindness. In a way, few of us will be prepared to give our car to a total stranger, but all of us will feel capable of doing just one act of simple kindness today: smile to someone who looks beaten down and ask how they are (oh, and wait to LISTEN!); Help someone who is carrying somthing heavy; give a handwritten Thank You note to someone who deserves it; Share 5 minutes of grief with someone who has recently lost a loved one. These are a few of the ways in which we can be kind on a daily basis without the need for money; I encourage you and your readers to both lead by example and then catch others being kind and recognise them for their efforts. As the little book "Whale Done" demonstrates, we can all train each other by rewarding the desired behaviour, even if the act is really small.

Good luck in your cause, and thanks for letting me contribute to your blog.

Warm regards,

Diego (The crazy Colombian)
Founder and Leader
Pass it Forward, the Australian kindness movement

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