Saturday, January 25, 2020

Do Kind

On June 01, 2019, I had a post simply titled Be Kind. 

Today, I happen to chance upon an Upworthy piece that features ‘acts of kindness’. 

And it makes me realize that kindness shouldn’t only be an expression. Neither should it be just an intent. It should be seen and done. If we wish to see more kindness in the world, we should start planting kind deeds. 

Perhaps that's why an Irish elementary school had decided to do something radical – abandon all ‘traditional’ homework for the month of December. 

Instead, these students who attend Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty, a town in County Cork, Ireland were given ‘kindness’ assignments. On Mondays, the kids are asked to reach out to an elderly individual and communicate with them. On Tuesdays, the students are tasked with making a family member’s life easier by taking over a chore or helping without being asked. Wednesdays are for random acts of kindness of any kind. Thursdays are for doing something compassionate for themselves or to take care of their own mental and physical well-being. 

These gestures of giving to others in their families and community are then dutifully recorded in a special “Dialann Cineáltais” (Kindness Diary) which each pupil will have to fill in daily. 

The school has also set up a Kindness Bucket where students can write down and deposit positive observations and affirmations to boost their fellow classmates’ esteem. On Friday mornings, a teacher randomly selects a handful of notes and reads them out loud. 

That’s not all. Each class has also been tasked with cooperating in a collective act of kindness for the community. The challenge is brainstormed by the students then conducted as a team. 

A Facebook post revealed that the unconventional curriculum had been in place for the past three years. The outcome was reportedly overwhelmingly positive and deemed to be a huge success. 

This is something we should emulate and better still, spread it around. Indeed, the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Truly, kindness is a gift that everybody can afford to give.

Do Kind!

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