I’m not religious and I don’t think that we will be punished for our sins in the Christian sense. I do however think that you get back what you give, whether it is directly inferred or whether you feel good or bad about something.
This video below was circulating on facebook (or at least that’s where I saw it) last week, and the message is quite a straight forward one. We all care when it’s easy to care, but look away when it get’s a little bit harder… I’m the same, and so it did hit home quite a lot.
As a result of this video, I’ve been trying to be a little bit nicer to strangers, and on our way back from Dave-o’s birthday drinks in Shoreditch last Saturday I got my chance. There was woman at the end of the platform crying. She was crying in the way that you can’t really control, so something must have made her really upset. I walked up to her to ask what’s wrong to which she answered that something really horrible had happened (not sure how much of someone else’s story I want to share here, but it was quite horrible), which made me very upset, despite not knowing the people involved at all. We got on the train and I sat down with Orsi and Sam a couple of seats down from here, giving her a bit of space. She kept crying, and we tried to ask if anyone had tissues to give her (we didn’t have any ourselves).
No one else in the carriage asked her what was wrong, no one asked if they could help or if she needed anything. I guess my sympathy showed and my attempt to comfort her meant something, because as she got off the train she came up to me and thanked me for being nice, and she handed me the bottle of champagne (looked like one she’d won in a raffle or something) that’s she’d been carrying. I told her to look after herself and that was that as she left the train. I hope that she’s feeling better now.
My point with this is that it’s really not very difficult at all to show some kindness to people around you. It doesn’t have to cost you anything, or take up much time at all. At worse you might be asked to leave them alone, at best, you will have really meant something and made a difference to that person. And whether the kind act comes back to you in the shape of a kind act when you need it, a good feeling or a bottle of champagne, there’s no doubt that it will come back somehow, and that we can keep passing it along.