WHERE HAVE OUR PROVERBIAL SMILES GONE?

Ashok Silwal

In the most difficult moments of life,
When worries and struggles are stronger, tougher,
They require more effort,
When hopes have dwindled,
And everyday problems sometimes weigh like boulders,
We become more arid, more aggressive,
Even those who work in contact with the public
Observe it: drivers, shopkeepers, teachers…..
People are more impatient, more selfish.
Disappointments make us “badder”.
We prefer using “I want” than “I would like”…..,
“Tank you” and “please” tend to disappear.
Because we feel more helpless,
Then we get more angry, more intolerant.

Then, it’s time to talk about KINDNESS.

Sometimes confused with weakness and derided,
Some consider it to be a sort of “vintage” value!
If you are nice, some will think you are “ancient” or stupid!
Instead, kindness remains the best “weapon”
Of distinction from the crowd.

It is a form of elegance and wisdom,
An expression of humility and generosity,
Of strength and determination.
Kindness is anticipating and understanding
The needs of others,
Feeling that we will please them.
Kind words cost nothing and yet get a lot.
“Lips are more attractive if they speak kind words”
Said the poet…..
And no act of kindness, however small is ever wasted,
Especially with rude people,
Because they are probably the ones who need it most:
A touch,
A smile,
A word,
A flower,
A listening ear,
A sincere compliment,
A caress,
A arm around the shoulder,
A hand in the hand………………
And the more the gesture is unexpected,
The more the heart opens and smiles,
For those who receive and for those who do it.

Let’s not
Let social networks (maybe..)
And difficult times (probably)
Erase OUR PROVERBIAL SMILES.

Therefore in our daily lives,
Let’s try to be kind
And to cherish this interior disposition
Of respect and generosity towards the other
That characterizes us.
“It should become the natural way of life,
Not the exception”-said Buddha

Aware that kindness increases
Our physical and emotional well-being;
It makes us more active and more enthusiastic.
And on it we can think of building
Not a utopia but a better world
Beyond borders, races, religions…..

As Mark TWAIN, famous American writer said
In “the Adventures of Tom Sawyer”:
“Kindness is the language that the deaf hears and the blind sees.”


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