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Safe And Pleasurable Travels With Kindness

Daphneleah Schneider

Posted on June 5, 2017 23:09

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Practicing kindness calms ourselves and others, demonstrating the importance and power of kindness.

Kindness is an important virtue, especially when traveling. In our current fast-paced lives people often feel they don’t have the time to give or receive kindness. In truth, it takes the same amount of time to be snippy and impatient as it does to be kind and patient. Kindness is useful daily and very handy when traveling. It makes the journey pleasant and safer for yourself and for those around you. Kindness reduces negativity and aggression. If we’re concerned about missing a flight, being calm and kind reduces our worry. Our calmness is contagious and will help our fellow travelers. According to The Positive Psychlopedia blog, "In a hectic world, even a kind word or a small gesture can snap us out of a bad mood, brighten our day, and bring us closer to the giver. The kindness of strangers can be even more moving, since it’s so unexpected."

Traveling will always have problems and challenges. How we travel is a nice metaphor for how we travel in life. Why not enjoy the journey? If a baby is crying at the airport smile at her and the mama or papa. We’ve all been crying babies, and can relate to how nice it must have been when people comforted and consoled us, even if it didn’t stop the crying. A nice by-product of comforting another is that we calm down and feel comforted ourselves.

When the lines are long we can take that time to breathe and meditate. The line doesn’t get shorter with our short temper. Many years ago I felt justified and entitled to be disgruntled and complain about inconveniences, but they’re a part of life and my whining just made it worse for everybody. Sometimes following the rules is also an act of kindness. Why not make the TSA agent's job easier? Be kind, separate the liquids into their bag and place them in the bin. Take off shoes without resentment. It makes their job and day easier. As I become kinder, I see the power of all acts of kindness. And I am grateful to be part of this cycle.

Once, my then six year-old daughter and I were lost in Arles, and a deep fog covered the town. No one was around but one drunken couple. I asked them how to get to our hotel and they told me. Kind people are around us and want to help us. We never know where they are or who they’ll be, but we can be assured that, traveling in the cycle of kindness, they will find us.

As the Dalai Lama says, "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

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