The Art of Kind

Apparently, it takes only twenty-one days of consistent repetition to develop a habit. With this said, we must ask ourselves why/how a mere three weeks stands between us and greatness.

Today marks ‘day two’ in my attempt to exercise consistently, and ‘day five’ in a sustainable hair regimen that will allow my ultimate hair fleekness, consistently. So, since we’re on the subject of developing habits, how’s about we chat about kindness?

I thought about this yesterday, that all it takes is to conscientize ourselves about those around us, to take a step out of our congested thoughts & look beyond our feet. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that there are times when I’m overwhelmed with conviction about something & I then have to decide whether or not I will act on my feelings.

I shared this story, with great hesitance, on Facebook yesterday, about my encounter with an elderly man in a wheelchair, whose disability was as a result of a stranger’s reckless decision to drive drunk. His name is Nicholas Ngcobo, and the best way I can think to describe him is as an old and forgetful, lonely man.

I was mostly hesitant to share that I had taken him home, because, in the day of abundant self-seeking acts of kindness for public display, I didn’t want to ask for praise or congratulations from my online community. What I wanted most wasΒ to remind ordinary people of our responsibility to each other as a society. I am a firm believer in the Zulu proverb: “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” in other words, I am because you are; isn’t that the holy grail of social interaction?

We’re all perfectly capable in the art of kind, some are just better practised than others. What will you do today to look beyond yourself?