On the 23rd of January Andy will be speaking about the Wisdom of Kindness at what promises to be an uplifting and significant day for the NHS at Leicester Racecourse – there are still a few tickets left – the event is free of charge.
In a field hospital in Syria, a burnt out village in Vietnam or a Nazi concentration camp relentless pain, suffering and injustice is a constant companion – to suffer with each other in these circumstances becomes a way of life – the extra ordinary power of compassion in these circumstances becomes clear – it is all that is left. Choosing to be kind in the most adverse of conditions is all that remains to bring meaning to our lives.
Perhaps our difficulty here in England is that we (not all of us by any means but for the large part) are so comfortable in our heated homes with our plentiful food sources, public transport, access to healthcare, technology, education, treatment, entertainment that we may become disconnected from ourselves and each other and begin to lose a sharp sense of what a blessing it is to simply be alive.
But we must remember that we are here now living this one wild and precious life and that we are human and that we are extra-ordinary – our capacity to transform our own and each other’s lives and the environments we operate in is unlimited.
It is unwise to be unkind – there are always consequences.
When we join together in a collective spirit of community and kinship we become less dependent on our politicians, our media, our vices, our doctors and our nurses. We can be the authors of our own lives – we can be kind to ourselves and each other.