Einstein once said, “the most important question you can ever ask is if the world is a friendly place.” Because we share this beautiful world with everyone else, the way we perceive the world and its people is so important in determining what kind of life we live and experience. Consequently, if we were, in fact, able to see the world as a friendly place and feel the kindness of others, the way we think and behave would be completely different. By acknowledging the kindness of others, we would see the whole world as our home, and everyone as our friend. Such a view on life is full of joy, fulfillment, and purpose, without anxiety, stress, and discontentment. With a little gratitude and a change in perspective, we can learn to appreciate the kindness of others for all that they do for us.
Others provide us with all that we need
No matter how independent we think we are, we still rely on other people for all the things we want and need. Behind the scenes, countless people are farming, supplying, transporting, cooking and preparing just for us to enjoy our three meals each day. If it weren’t for them, how would we be able to eat the nutritious and delicious food our body needs? Not only the food we eat but also the clothes we wear, the things we use, the jobs we have, the houses we live in, are all provided by the service of others. In fact, we are all reliant on one another, and all have a role to play to ensure everyone’s needs are met. When we appreciate just how dependent on others we really are, we feel a sense of humility, gratefulness, and connectedness. Our kindness from within then inspires us to play our role the best we can to repay the service of others and to repay them for all they’ve given us. Because of the kindness of others, we have all the things we need to live a meaningful, happy life.
Others teach us and help us grow
On our quests for personal growth and spiritual development, everyone is playing their role as our teacher. When we are unsure of something, there is always someone around we can ask to help teach us the right way of doing things. When we’ve learned it, there are always people we can practice our skills with to improve our capabilities. When we do well, we get praised, complimented or even rewarded as a show of appreciation and to let us know we are on the right track. When things don’t go as planned, we are reminded, instructed and supported by the people around so that we can do it better the next time around. This is the way things are. We may interpret other’s reminding and instructing as blame and complain, but that is also okay because criticism from others is a separate lesson in itself that helps us cultivate patience and tolerance. In fact, all situations, good or bad, if perceived with a positive, humble attitude stands to teach us something we need to learn, whether we like it or not. That being the case, why waste any opportunity to learn and better ourselves? Instead, we should lower our pride, remain openminded and accept the lessons everyone is teaching us because ultimately, we are the ones who benefit the most.
Others give us profound happiness
Imagine a world where we are the only person. Wouldn’t life be lonely, dull, and meaningless? There’d be no one to talk to, no one to share with, no one listen to us, care for us, love us. Considering this perspective, we can appreciate all the joy and happiness made possible by the people around. At work, we have colleagues to share our work life, at home we have a family to share our home life, and at social gatherings, we have friends to share our social life. Birthday parties, celebrations, festivals, social clubs, sports competitions and other group activities that we cherish and love are all made possible because we have people to enjoy with. So much of our happiness is owed to the kindness of others because they make it possible for us to do all the things that make us happy. The very least we can do is hold a deep appreciation for them and show our gratitude whenever we can.
With a little change in perspective, we can learn to recognize the kindness of the people we share this beautiful world with. If we were to believe this world is, in fact, a friendly place, our attitude would be much more positive and how we behave will be much more wholesome. It is entirely possible for us to all live together in peace, happiness, and harmony, and it all begins with our attitude and the way we perceive the world.
May we continue to strive towards what is good, and play our role in making the world a happier, more loving place.
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