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being kind

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

There’s one colleague who is extremely kind to me.

He is one who is very helpful. There’s a new project that I am currently doing, which is full of obstacles. And yet, he keeps on assisting me.

He is one who likes to share. He likes reading books on the topics of healthy lifestyle and always shares new ideas on eating healthily.

I thought it is just his character of treating people well. This is true. He treats  other people nicely.

However, he also told me, he is kind to me because of an act of kindness I did for him long time ago.

Long time ago. It was like a few years back.

It was nothing amount to greatness, just a small gesture. A very small gesture that I would just have dismissed it.

However, he keeps it in mind, and always help me, whenever he can.

An act of kindness, regardless how small, is appreciated.

An act of kindness, no matter how far back was done in the past, is still remembered.

An act of kindness, to whomever it is given, is a gift without a price tag.

Be kind without any expectation.

Be kind, just because.

Make kindness as your lifestyle. And you will be pleasantly surprise with the end results.





One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it. – Helen Hayes

Open up your newspaper and the news of terrorism fill the front cover. Turn on the TV and all you see is news on recession.

Detox from negative news.

That doesn’t mean you are living in ignorance, like an ostrich burying its head in the sand.

Know that they exist. Reading its headlines is more than enough. Catch its summary, knowing what has happened, factually.

Ignore all the commentary and opinions.

Do not indulge in bad news that surrounds all over us.

The world we live in are negative enough. Don’t contribute and self pity in it.

Instead, meditate. Cultivate calm and serenity in our lives.

Promote happiness. Be happy and contented in the little things.

Act in kindness. Be kind to one another.

It doesn’t make your world worse if you read less negative news. But you have all to gain to indulge in positivity.

How would you detox from negative news today? Happy TGIF!



Pay It Forward

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn

In a world full with constant negative news, it’s very hard to stay positive.

But that is the very reason why it is more important now to stay positive.

We must not let negativity rule our world.

We are not ignorant of all the negativity in the world. Instead, we choose on positivity, and what we can do make this world a better place.

To stay positive is not enough. We must help others.

Often we receive help from others. And most of the time, we cannot repay their kindness directly.

The only way, is to pay it forward. Paying it forward is a means to influence others. To inform them of this movement. To let them know that they too can help others.

Passing it forward, of the goodness in life. Everyone needs help. Everyone can help others, in one way or another. To help without expecting anything in return. To help one another, even strangers.

Especially strangers.

The question is, how can you pay it forward?



Spread Some Joy

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

How often is it that you open up your local news and the first news is about war? Poverty? Accidents? Corruptions?

How often is it that your Facebook newsfeed is about your friends sharing hatred? Injustice? Inflation? Haze?

How often is it that your Twitter newsfeed is about crimes? Murder? Embezzlement?

This world needs a change.

It needs you.

You can be the catalyst to greatness.

Just like Mother Teresa. Just like Mahatma Gandhi. Just like Nelson Mandela.

You can bring joy and laughter.

Instead of being a doom-bringer, bring positivity in your life.

Share uplifting news.

On the lookout for the kindness in people.

Start a movement on kindness.

Spare a thought for the less fortunate.

You can make a difference, regardless how small a step it may be.

You would be creating the ripple effect, compounded effect over time.

Never underestimate your role in bringing a smile to your fellow friends.

What is the one thing you can do today to make others have a better day?



Safer Internet Day 2015

Let’s all be kind to one another.

Instead of hiding behind the monitor and becoming a keyboard warrior, be the person whom you really are.

Be the kind person whom you are born and raised.

Be the kind person whom you are destined to be.

Spread joy and laughter.

Promote love and passion.

Be the agent of kindness.

A better internet is our choice really.



Courtesy to Customer Service

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil


Just came back from dinner with a friend at a Japanese sushi restaurant. It was just a normal dinner, nothing out of the ordinary. But what struck a deep impact to me was the incident at the cashier.

The lady queuing in front of me was clearly mad. There could be a misunderstanding on the promotion she had – either she didn’t read it carefully or she didn’t communicate it to the staff, resulting in it not being honored.

As the cashier tactfully apologized for the inconvenience, and citing the T&C, the lady continued her barrage of verbal assaults:
“You change the expiry date to next month.”
“You should communicate it clearly to me when I signed up for the offer.”
“You can’t make any decision. Tell your management to speak to me.”
“Why should I call them? Tell them to call me.”

What the lady doesn’t know is that her continuous bombardment of insensitive remarks has created discontent on other customers. It has grown to a long queue, and she demanded on things that she thought was right. And everyone here was forced watching a scene, to say very the least.

If only the lady knew what an ugly scene she has created.

One thing I do know from this incident is, the staff usually follow the company policies. Lashing out to them doesn’t solve any problem. It only makes the situation worse.

Why would the scenario unfold? It comes from a feeling of entitlement. Entitled of being respected – the old paradigm of the customer is always right. She thought she is entitled to be respected and entitled to all her requests.

What I do know is – respect is to be earned, not entitled. Respect works in both ways – you show respect, and you will gain respect.

When it was my turn to pay, the staff said politely, “Sorry to keep you waiting. You have ordered..” in a very professional manner. This staff has gained my respect and admiration.

Countless of influential gurus cautioned against speaking in demeaning manners to others.

A tactful approach would be : “I understand it would create inconvenience to you. Would you kindly ask your manager to talk with me so that we can sort out this little misunderstanding? Thanks for your help.”

The staff would be more than happy to keep this kind of graceful customers. And the manager would go the extra miles to assist you.

What would be your reaction in situation like this? Or rather, how would you respond? Would you speak in a more tactful manner? How would you show respect to the individuals who work hard, earn an honest living, and still serve to their very best to ensure that you would have a good dining experience?

I believe you would do well, communicating with these relentless customer service personnel in our daily life.