With the holiday season upon us and the New Year rapidly approaching, it’s become a custom to remember the values behind the traditions we celebrate — the true meaning of kindness, love and compassion.
What is kindness, and can it actually be learned, interpreted or shared?
Are we born with the ability to be kind … or is this a trait we must learn through life?
And what about love and compassion?
Is there a way to explain the significance of being kind and giving back to others, and showing care for our loved ones?
It takes skill to step away from our accustomed way of life and consider somebody else, someone who may need more than we do.
The meaning of the holidays could be found in the feelings which motivate us to do good and appreciate the positive in our lives.
I believe every person is born with traits, and we possess certain qualities unique to us.
It’s the responsibility of every person to develop his or her better traits throughout life to achieve growth in character.
It’s simple to consider what could and should be done for our own good, but many lack the impetus to generate a change.
As far as I understand, to enhance any ability, you must make the effort to determine how far you want to go with it. Without devoting yourself to improvement, nothing would happen.
Our minds work in a complex way, but it’s as simple as this: if you work on something persistently, it will pay off. If nothing is done, results won’t happen.
In other words, if you wish to become smarter, you have to constantly exercise your brain; to become a good athlete, you must train your muscles and practice skills; if you want to become a kind person, you have to use your heart and soul to become one.
We are taught from childhood love should exist in all areas of our lives, and we should love our faith, our country, family, etc.
However, I believe everyone has a distinct and highly personal level of interpreting these feelings and principles.
Kindness, compassion and love are not just words but, rather, actions. Experiencing these special feelings means doing, not just saying.
It seems to me holidays evolved to bind people and families together, to encourage everyone to treasure their lives in the moment, to appreciate all for which they feel fortunate, and to celebrate by finding ways to give back to others.
Historically, holidays were long-awaited events observed with meaningful practices, when people found hope in their lives and truly gave thanks for what they had.
Now, traditions have been joined by artificial celebrations which have given way to industry, money-spending and greed.
I really hope people will begin to appreciate what they have and enjoy the beauty of the holidays, since this is an ideal time to enjoy the present and set aspirations for the future.
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” — Dalai Lama
To think does not mean to speak, and to speak does not mean to do.
If every one of us would do at least one really good thing to assist someone or to spread kindness, imagine how our world would instantly become a better place.
I believe it can happen and hope to be a part of the chain reaction.
This is my New Year’s resolution.