5 Acts of Kindness

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” — Ronald Reagan

I think we strive for all the wrong things in life and then wonder why we have everything and feel nothing. We grow up as naive beings but then the world robs us of our innocence and we lose our compassion, the very thing that makes us human. We get lost in a sea of humans.

As a kid, I was very compassionate and sensitive. I would help everyone and I was pretty good at complimenting people. But then in school, I was discouraged because kindness and compassion are synonymous with weakness in our culture. Now, I am trying to discover who I am again. I am trying to indulge in my habits that were shunned at a young age.

At Amal, I found this hospitable environment which allows you to be yourself without the fear of judgment. For our course work, we were given the task to do 5 acts of kindness. I was very happy and excited to do this.

  1. Helped a stranger with Book Review

One of my twitter followers whom I don’t know in real life and have never met needed a book review. He tweeted asking for help. I remembered that I wrote a book review of the book “Salt and Saffron” by Kamila Shamsie for a book club. I texted him asking whether he has gotten the review or not because he had tweeted several hours ago. He still didn’t have the review. I sent him my review.

It was very refreshing to help someone in need and I am glad that I had the book review. Normally I don’t interact with people on Social Media but this was a good experience.

2. Helping a fellow with Course work

One of my Amal fellows had trouble in understanding 4 ways of communication so she contacted me. I elaborated all of the 4 effective ways of communication to her and she was able to grasp the concept.

3. Editing and Proofreading a friend’s work

One of my friends is submitting a poem for a poetry competition at her university. She needed my help so I proofread the poem for her and gave my feedback. She was in dire need of encouraging words so I provided her comfort.

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.” — Sarah Fielding

4. Explaining MBIT results to an Amal fellow

One of my Amal fellows was very confused about her personality test results. So I offered to help her out. I explained the results to her and taught her all the good things about her personality. In the end, she was very happy about her personality type.

5. Helping An Amal Fellow with project work

I have always been hesitant to share my work with other people but today I shared my Project work with an Amal fellow so he could be inspired by it and he could get any ideas on how to do his work.

I know this world is a big place and people might think that their one act of kindness won’t make a difference but we have to remember to do our part and be as much kind to others as possible.

Note: The screenshots of people who I have helped are not attached because I did not acquire the consent of people.

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