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13 Nov, 2022
Today is World Kindness Day. We’ve been exploring Kindness as one of our core values over the course of the year and we’ve learnt that it has multi-faceted meaning. Often, we think of kindness as random acts that we pay forward to others but it’s also important to practice it for ourselves.
As we head towards the end of the year, you may be finding the calendar is filling up fast: Christmas festivities, holiday bookings, gifts to purchase, meetings to squeeze in, appointments to finalise, family gatherings to coordinate. Most of it might be fun, but it can also be exhausting and for some it may even feel a little overwhelming – especially after a year of returning to a form of pre-pandemic normalcy. But we’re also navigating the reality of how much the world has changed as a result.
In this season, slowing things down and taking time for the things that truly matter makes us more attuned to what’s happening around us and to the needs of others and in turn has the benefit of enhancing our own self-awareness.
So how do we practice kindness in the weeks ahead?
The pace of life may be challenging at this time of year. It is completely normal to feel ready for a holiday. People may be feeling a deep tiredness and tempers may be a little frayed. Making a decision to be kind with one another, to have patience, to assume the best, slow things down and be kind to ourselves and others while keeping our expectations in check: This is kindness in action.