• FiveMinuteFriday - Kindness

    Do You Follow The Rules?

    Do you follow the rules? I did. Sometimes I can’t believe that I used to be Miss Goody-Two-Shoes when I was young. Oh yes, the one word that appeared on my school report card under the column ‘Conduct’ was ‘Responsible’. And I took that really seriously too. Do You Follow The Rules? It’s fine to be ‘responsible’ but then it’s not too great when you start censoring every normal reaction to make sure it meets the approval of others! I found it difficult to be spontaneous. I’m happy to report that as I grow older, I’m learning not to care…

  • FiveMinuteFriday - Kindness

    A Generous Impulse

    The Dalai Lama says, ‘Never resist a generous impulse’. A Generous Impulse A child crying, pitifully, because she's lost and has no clue where her parents are. A mother, helplessly trying to maneuver her infants and a shopping trolley An old man, worriedly trying to cross a busy road, scared of the vehicles whizzing past. A young woman crying quietly, in a crowded bus as she gets off the phone. A man, car has broken down in the street, desperately trying to push it alone. A young boy looking hungrily at a street cart selling food, as if wishing he…

  • #MondayMusings - Kindness

    Compassion Is Not A Luxury

    We live in dire times. The world seems beset with problems of various kinds. Natural disasters on the scale we’ve never witnessed before. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Floods. Then there’s so much race-related hatred and religious intolerance. At times, we’re overcome with the weight of it all and wonder where we’re headed. I believe that, just as the generations before us were called to make choices, we too must choose compassion over hatred and love over fear today. We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is…