There are times when the world seems like such an awful place, a place without compassion or humanity. Whether it be hearing about yet another terror attack or political changes with harsh consequences. Or it can be something on a more personal level where you’re being disrespected and treated badly. Our tv’s and our social media feeds are full of doom and gloom and hatred. Leaving us questioning what is the world coming to? And rightfully so. We question because we want better. A more progressive world with less unnecessary suffering.
Of course, these feeling are completely justified however at times when the world simply doesn’t make sense it can also be a time when we see people do incredible acts of pure kindness. People that defy the notion that the world is a bad place and strive to be proactive in making it a better one. These are the people and the acts that we must keep at the forefront of our minds. These are the people that will help remind us that there are good people in the world and restore our faith in humanity.
Recently, I’ve been watching a docu-series on Netflix called The Kindness Diaries, which documents one man’s journey around the world relying solely on acts of kindness to help him. As well as giving out random acts of kindness in return for the trust and kindness bestowed upon him. In the introduction to each episode he says:
“From a distance, the world probably seems like a big bad scary place. If you listen to the news or even ask the person next to you they will all likely talk about war, poverty, corruption and hate. And they are right from a distance. But I believe that up close there is enough good, enough love and enough pure kindness to make the world go round.”
And I for one would like to believe that he is right. That humanity is not lost and that there are still plenty of good people in this world. That kindness and good are still our strongest currency and biggest source of wealth.
This weekend I found myself believing that I wasn’t going to be able to go to a show that I had really been looking forward to and whilst I was obviously disappointed I accepted that that was simply the way it was. Having a chronic illness I’ve become accustomed to things not always going to plan. But then during a conversation with friends I had met at last years show explaining why I would not be seeing them that night everything changed. They offered to come pick me up and take me to the show. As well as accepting all the responsibilities of care that come with leaving the house with a disabled person. That all I needed to do was to give them directions as to when and how I needed help. They made me feel like it was not an issue and that all they wanted was for me to not have to miss out on something (and someone) I had been looking forward to for months.
I was so surprised and so in awe of their kindness that of course, I was crying buckets and still am as I try to write this post.
Sunday marked the first time in four years that I have left the house without any family input at all. And let me tell you it felt so amazing and I had such a fantastic evening. I cannot believe that it took two people that were relative strangers (other than talking in person last year and tweeting about Strictly) to help me achieve this. To show me such kindness and go above and beyond. I am forever grateful to Claire and Julie for their act of kindness, friendship and for what they helped me to achieve and now consider them dear friends. They are truly Pasha Angels.
So always believe that there is good in this world. That people can be angels in disguise and have more power to do good than they have to cause misery.
And if you despair at the state of the world make a vow with yourself to be the good you wish to see in the world. You have the power to change so much and make the world that little bit nicer and kinder, not just for yourself but for those around you too.
Now I’m off to cry some more.
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