Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. Seneca 4 BC – 65 AD

Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. Seneca 4 BC – 65 AD It is tempting, as the Kindness Initiative comes to a close, to feel compelled to complete one great act of kindness to round off the year. But the Kindness Initiative has never been about […]

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As a refugee you may forget what you lost but you won’t forget the welcome you received.

It’s an incredible statistic: There are now more than 65 million displaced people in the world – people who have had to leave their homes to flee wars and conflict. That’s more than the population of the UK.  More than half of them are women and children, all of them making tortuous journeys looking for […]

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Kindness is not just doing good to someone, it is also not doing harm to anyone.

By Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra As a Muslim, I think of kindness and mercy interchangeably. I struggle to distinguish between the two. In writing, it’s tempting to recount the kind of stereotypical kindness many of us have experienced when a stranger helps us out of difficulty. A Reverend colleague of mine and I were visiting West […]

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Reflection 7.

Speaking well of someone feels nicer. Benjamin Franklin said: “Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.” Gossiping is so much part of day-to-day sociability. But I am finding that I feel so much nicer in myself if gossiping doesn’t involve speaking ill of people (now this is a […]

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Reflection 6.

Stepping into someone else’s shoes is challenging BUT can be a fertile meeting ground of shared understanding. A big challenge for me has been to step into someone else shoes. I am trying to not be quick to judge and to hold back judgement (of others). Being curious about other people, their beliefs and ideas […]

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Reflection 5.

Taking public transport provides an opportunity to interact with a wider variety of people then I know. Many of my kindness experiences seem to happen on public transport. It seems that public transport offers a space in which people, de-centred from their familiar home or work spaces and routines, can be receptive to the needs […]

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Reflection 4.

Talking to strangers can leave me feeling happier. I am taking the opportunity to chat with the elderly lady in the post office queue, not to get irritated by the pensioner who cannot find their money in the corner shop. And to have a banter. I’ve really enjoyed some wonderful conversations I would otherwise never […]

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Reflection 2.

Reaching out to strangers often leads to unpredicted experiences that are joyful and expansive. I am often feeling so busy I don’t have time to do things that are not immediately productive. But slowing down and taking the time to reach out to others whom I do not normally encounter has resulted in some enriching […]

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