Inspired by Timber Hawkeye’s Buddhist Boot Camp, I’ve been doing more RAKs (random acts of kindness) lately. Small things- like letting someone get on the train before you, helping ladies with prams, giving up seat for an elderly passenger. It’s so easy to get in the habit of not doing these when you are a big city commuter. At work, I went above and beyond helping younger members of my team grow while dealing with the big changes in the company. At home, I am working on being kinder to my family- Timber gives fantastic advice on this- treat every person you meet as if they are Buddha. Or as if they are to die today. Reframes your perspective.
As my age unfolds, I deal with more death around me. Lovely elderly neighbour died a couple of weeks ago. Several friends or people I know have now either successfully overcome or succumbed to cancer. There is still, in fact even more so, space for RAKs when dealing with someone in such serious life situation as cancer. Here is a great Netmums’ post on Top 10 gifts for breast cancer patients. I’ve been there, had to choose a gift for a friend, gave her a pot of little lively purple violets which she loved. So glad she is much better now!
Pay it forward, nomads. Be kind.