I then scroll down through my twitter feed and its not much different. An actor/model or politician or sometimes a common gal/guy has made a comment and everyone is hell bent on showing them their place. Makes me shudder and think how we have forgotten the very basics of being kind and have an empathetic attitude towards one another, We may not agree to the other person but does that mean we forget how we can agree to disagree in a kinder way?
Here is what I would want to tell my beloved daughter about how being kind which is often seen as a sign of weakness these days is in fact such a strong virtue and how she can make a difference to not just her life but of so many others by a practicing a simple thing like kindness
As human beings it is our duty to give back to society and make the world a better place to live. In this regard the message that I would like to pass on to you is to develop an empathetic attitude. Only with empathy, can you make a difference my child -not just to your life but to others as well. Be it to the policeman who stops you for not wearing your seat belt, or the shopkeeper who frowns at you, your boss with whom you just had a not so pleasant discussion, your MIL (mother in law) who’s constantly over you, the neighbors kids who can’t stop screaming, your friend with whom you just had a tiff- believe me you would see things in a totally new perspective once u learn to empathize with the person.
In today’s world where people hardly have time for each other, relationships are ended by a Facebook post, life’s high is all about drinking and partying, where is the time to pause and think of others? No one has the patience to understand others. Boss gives you a below expected appraisals-job change, a friend doesn’t talk to you properly- delete them from your life, the maid is not efficient- throw her out. We don’t even take a second to think what prompted their behaviour, having been thrown in the same situation would we have behaved any differently?
Empathy my dear will help you make peace with yourself and with others. Your instinctive reactions, anger, negative vibes would all vanish if you can empathise with the person. I am not saying they may always be right, may be you are- but this will help you avoid the host of ill feelings which will ultimately make you the sufferer. The world will be a much happier place if we all learn this art as we would be more content, avoid fights and pessimistic thoughts.
Happiness is contagious so we end up spreading more of it around us and the butterfly effect will make it multiply manifold. There is a dearth of happiness in this world and we badly need more of it. You my dear Angel can play a role in making this earth a better place – start with a tiny step, it will make you more content and at peace with yourself and you would see the ripple effect for yourself.
All the love in my heart
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That's a very insightfull letter Akshata .What we teach our children today, will determine their life's happiness to a large extent.Thank you for writing with us on #MondayMommyMoments
Thanks a ton Amrita! Rightly said
Akshata! A heart warming letter adorned with priceless words to craft a beautiful world. It's crazy how hyper aggressive people have become on social media and the rape threats…never imagined it to be like. Hope ladies report such things.