The Impact of Spreading Random Kindness
If any of you have ever completed the personality dimensions training for work or just general interest; it likely won’t surprise you that my primary colour is blue. To make a long summary of this dimension short; a blue personality means I value deep feelings, connection to others and authenticity. It also talks about how those who are blue in their personality dimension appreciate others and want to please them; they value authenticity and kindness. I suspect this is why my neighbors kindness earlier this week has touched me so deeply.
Cutting the lawn myself, maintaining gardens or other outdoor tasks have become nearly impossible for me since my diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This is especially true in the intense heat of the summer months! I had hired someone to cut my grass for me, and although it kills me to pay for this service, as a home owner I really didn’t have any other choice. This is one of those added financial burdens of having a chronic illness. Unfortunately, the gentleman who I hired recently let me know that he overbooked himself for landscaping contracts this year, and had to drop the care of my property. Once again, I felt as though I was left to clean up the broken pieces and wasn’t sure what to do.
I came home from work earlier this week to my lawn looking beautiful! My neighbor took it upon himself to take down the snow-fencing at the back of the yard (closing the small gap between the fences of our properties) and cut my lawn. He also tended to the flower beds, front yard and tidied up the excess stones that were left from some construction they were going. This small gesture (to him) meant the world to me! Now I am thinking how I can spread this random act of kindness for someone else. These are the things that mean a lot to me…
How has kindness touched your life since being diagnosed with IPF/PF?
Can you share an example with us?
The world can be terrifying and scary some days so it is important for us to value and spread kindness. I hope you experience the appreciation of someone’s kindness like I did earlier this week; it really lifted my spirits!
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