8th July 2021 Dr. Beena
Now, why would I want to talk about kindness? Well, there was a mundane incident that happened today at the market. I went to the market and headed towards my regular fish guy who speaks English. However, he was not there. Hence, I was unsure if I should buy from the next stall. That was when that fish guy asked me what I wanted to buy. I pointed to the fish I wanted and asked him about few other fishes too. He answered all my queries in Malay (local language). After he took out the fish I wanted, he called out to someone. Then my fish guy came over. The other guy handed him the fish and returned to his stall. Then I looked at the fishes in his stall. He had the same type of fish. That surprised me. Why would he want to help his colleague when he could have easily directed me to his stall?
On my way home, I pondered on this random act of kindness. By his action, he made me happy. He made his colleague happy, and himself too. Have you noticed that when we are kind to others, we feel joyful? The degree of happiness escalates based on the merit of that kindness.
Here I must narrate something my sister did. During the strict lockdown, her neighbour’s father passed on. The daughter asked my sister if she could help to get the paraphernalia for the funeral. None of her relatives were keen to execute her wishes. My sister took that risk. As she has never arranged for a funeral before, she made few calls and found one guy willing to open his shop for her to get the materials. When she narrated this incident to me, I was elated that she did this good deed for someone in distress.
Now, let me go to my painting. I painted this in acrylic at the start of the pandemic in 2020, where my skills were limited. I copied this from Peter Sheeler’s work but added my quirks like my gals, Zara and Mika. The actual painting was done in watercolour with line and wash. It is a form of art where one will use pens to draw some aspect of the art.
I always wondered about living in proximity where you can see, hear, and maybe know all that goes on with your neighbours. We need patience, tolerance, and kindness to live in such proximity. For survival, we need to be kind. Random acts of kindness provide immeasurable joy. Try it, and you will know what I mean. It is not the same as donating money or your planned time for volunteer work. It is unplanned as the fish man at the market today or my sister, helping her neighbour. Or like my friends who will buy breakfast for me on Saturdays as a surprise:). I find spontaneous acts of kindness bring utmost satisfaction to our lives.
Till the next musing hope, you enjoyed reading today’s musing on kindness. It is easier to be kind than to be unkind. Please share your story or musings at this site:).