Janet Brown, Founder of Grace For Life. London, U.K.
I love hearing discussions, it opens up my appetite for learning. Listening to a radio discussion in the Caribbean, a topic that got my juices flowing, a particular school, gives scholarships to the top boy and girl who obtains high achieving marks. One young boy, suggested that his scholarship should be given to another young girl, who he knew, whose home had been burnt, due to a fire. The story went on to state that his mother was not pleased about the scholarship being given away without her being notified of the decision. She actually wanted the school to give it back to her son. What was very interesting was the thought process the young boy had to just give. While the adults were measuring what should happen and how. They also pointed out, that children should be told not to give, leaving themselves out of the picture, as this may be a soft touch for others taking them for granted. I agreed that the child should have autonomy to choose, with some guidance, making sure to explain the reason for doing so. This whole discussion had me thinking about acts of kindness. Is it just a part of life, which we do from the heart? I grew up in a family where acts of kindness weren’t seen as special, it came purely from the heart, as love and care for other human beings. As, I pondered further, the question came up, did previous generations, concentrate on humility and love, living in times where touching another human’s life was important rather than the “me me” culture of now. My own mother after returning to the Caribbean raised two of her grandsons and a young girl who lived in the vicinity. She was fully responsible for all three. Our family as whole, always shared with each other, whether that be time, monetary aid, looking after children or the elderly. This may be locked in the cultural environment of all of those living in small communities, seeing each other as family, whether bonded by blood or not. We live in a society, where independence is the title we are told to strive for. This is all well and good but balance is the key. It shouldn’t be only when things take a turn for the worse, that we reach out for help and carry internal guilt for having fallen from independence. As the saying goes, no man is an island.
Acts of kindness are our best memories – texting someone dear that you have been thinking of, letting those close to you know you appreciate them, having a face-to-face meet up with someone you have been meaning to contact, reading to a child/children in your circle, looking after a friend’s child/children to give her a break, sharing a day out activity with another family, once a year meet up have lunch/drink on you, for those close women who had aided your business. Donate anonymously to a charity that aids the vulnerable. This journey has afforded me the privilege of receiving great acts of kindness from people I know well and others I don’t. Those miracle moments that tilted the corners of my mouth with joy. Sharing time and space with me in person and virtually investing financially in self-development webinars.
Ladies as the female species of the earth, we are naturally inclined to give with kindness. It’s a good energy filler for wonderful things to happen in life. Let’s continue to aid each other throughout our journey in business and life generally. See how we prosper when we harness collectiveness. Hey, don’t forget to do acts of kindness for yourself. Buy some flowers that present your brightness, open an acts of kindness account savings for your leisure activities, journal each day and have a beautiful pedicure for your feet that have supported you until now.
About Janet Brown Janet Brown is a life coach for women in business who want to pursue their health and well being goals. She is really passionate about health, as it’s a dream ticket to living life at optimum levels. She has made transformation changes in her own well being and continues to do so. She encourages women to take charge of their goals and give themselves self love.