Now we’re getting into it. Together we all berate kindness ? Interesting. What could be better ? Together we all create kindness. It doesn’t matter how many times I say it, it just sounds awesome. You know what the best thing about this it.? It’s true.
Collectively we can accomplish great things. I want TwAcK to be the catalyst that drives us to that unity. That’s my vision, or at least one of them, the more I think about TwAcK the more ideas appear, there is so much potential for us all.
Creating kindness is a habit, or at least should be. The more you do it the easier it becomes. I’m not saying that we find it hard to do, it’s just that we don’t always think about it and we should. Don’t get me wrong, generally speaking we’re all pretty decent boys and girls, a few ‘choice’ ones in our ranks but on the whole, not bad. Here’s the thing, we get caught up in the ‘merry-go-round of life’ round and round we go, never taking the chance to jump off and have a look at where we are, who we’ve become and whether or not we could do more for others. There’s so much more we can offer those who need that little extra in their lives. The best part is, that all it takes is a small amount of effort.
The Smallest Of Things
It’s so true. The smallest of things can sometimes make the greatest difference to someone. Here’s an example, a tiny one at that.
I’m stood in the queue at your local supermarket, basket in hand, patiently waiting, that’s right patiently waiting, not sighing, remember, this is about all things TwAcK. I’ve only popped in for a loaf of bread and a tub of margarine. The couple directly in front of me in the queue have a trolley full to the brim. They’re doing the weekly shop and oh boy, it’s loaded up. In front with a huge and I mean huge, trolley full. They both turn around, almost in unison, look at me, then down at my basket, then back up at me. The lady then says ” Go on love, you go first.” My face must have been a picture of surprise and confusion because the man agreed and they both shuffled out-of-the-way so I could slip in front. Of course, I thanked them and accepted their kind offer.This happened to me not more than a few weeks ago. Made my day. I even mentioned it when I got home later. It put me in an even better mood than I was already in, which was a pretty good one anyway. Complete strangers, just did someone they didn’t know, a solid, a good turn.
If you had ever lost your faith in human nature this restores it.
Paying It Forward
All of the above ties in nicely with ‘Paying It Forward’. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it and may have even witnessed it or taken part. There’s quite often a post that pops up on social media, about someone in a drive-thru paying for the car behinds meal. Outstanding.
I’m not saying you should do that every time you go to a fast food outlet, who could afford to do that but it would be cool if you just did it once ‘out of the blue’ if not that, then maybe something similar. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or money orientated. Give your seat up on a bus, telling the person who has just served you in a shop, how much you appreciate their help or just pass on a pleasantry “Enjoy the rest of your day” It can be almost beguiling to be paid a compliment, probably because it happens so rarely, shame.
I have friends who have a set of skills that are always useful. I know for a fact that they have helped others out over the years. No cost, no charge and no return favour asked. They just did it because they could and were happy to help out.
In TwAcKs’ world, that’s the key to Paying it Forward. There is no caveat associated with what you do. There is no promise of a favour in return. It’s not ‘Quid Pro Quo’. Paying it Forward should come as natural to us as breathing, without having to plan it or think about it beforehand.
What we have to offer each other in terms of expertise, time or opportunity, costs us nothing. What if it does cost us? It’s minuscule in comparison to the joy, relief or happiness, that what we do can provide for others.
Even on a purely materialistic level, if I have an item I no longer use or need anymore, I can give it to someone who needs it. Forget about how much it costs, all those years ago. ‘Give’, I stress the word. Give it to another person who could use it. No, you don’t want anything for it, when they ask. There’s no need for all the ‘to and fro’ of ‘How much?’, ‘I owe you one’ and all that. Expect and require nothing in return.
How many of us can honestly say that we have never received a ‘helping hand’ over our lifetime ? I know I have, on more than one occasion. Out of the nowhere and completely unexpected. Humbled and maybe even embarrassed by the act. We should take these events and keep them right at the forefront of our minds. Then, when an opportunity arises, where you can offer something, anything, that will be welcomed, take it. Grasp it with both hands. Don’t let that shy, introverted internal voice persuade you otherwise. Just do it.
Let’s start with the dictionary definition:
“Unselfish regard for a devotion to the welfare of others”
Wow, that’s heady stuff right there. Know anyone like that ? No ? Take a look in the mirror. Are you not like that ? Well, work with TwAcK and you will be. You will become the epitome of that definition. Your life will change, pure and simple.
There plenty of cliches and sayings that will make you promises. ‘Do this and you’ll get that’, ‘Follow this and you’ll be rewarded’ etc etc. That’s not what this is about. This is about you doing the right thing whenever you can, without any thoughts of what you might want or expect to get in return. That’s where it’s at. That’s what TwAcK is all about.
There’s more, so much more but now is not the time. I dare say you’ve probably had enough for one day. It shouldn’t be a lot to take in but I realise in actuality, it is. Me harping on about ‘doing good’ blah blah blah. Fair enough, I can go on a bit. I am passionate about TwAcK and what it means and I’m constantly excited about where we can go with it, how many lives we can change. How great you and everyone around you will feel.
I’ll keep adding more over the coming weeks, months and years. Much will be my own visions and ideas but I’m hoping that it will be equalled by your own.
I would like to share TwAcK with you and for you to share yourself with TwAcK. Guide it, mould it and make it as much yours as it is mine.
Let’s make it ours.
If you’d like to ask a question or just leave a comment, please feel free to so below, I’ll always reply. Be well.