Wednesday, 12 September 2012
The Kindness Project: Being surrounded with Kindness
I've recently signed up for The Kindness Project after reading Carolina Valdez Miller's beautiful post (another one of the so many awe-inspiring posts she's written on her blog) but never got around to posting anything. So, today, I thought it's about time I do that.
I hope you forgive me if I'm presently still lost in my own little world. I've recently told you about losing my father. We probably always say this about our parents but this is the truth: my father was one of the kindest people I know. He always had a nice thing to say about and to almost anyone. Even when someone was inconsiderate or rude to him, he was still nice. This was probably why people loved him.
I had not seen my father since 2009. I wasn't there when he fell ill after his operation in January this year. I wasn't there when he got hospitalised for two months. It was torture not being there for him and for my family. But I couldn't do anything because I couldn't afford to go home and see them. In June, doctors told my family Dad may not have too long to live. We were all devastated. We knew it was going to happen. But when he passed away on the 24th of July, it was still a shock. I was just on the phone talking to him the night before. The truth is nobody ever prepares anyone of us for something like this. No amount of courage or positive-thinking could ever make it less painful.
In the midst of all this though, beautiful things happened. My father was surrounded with kindness.
Help came in all forms.
Visits to the hospital
A cooling fan for my father
Bags of different kinds of fruits
An electric thermal pot
Phone calls. E-mails.
Messages via texting, chat, Facebook, etc.
A warm embrace.
The warmth of a hand over my father's and mother's.
Most of all, your presence which provided comfort.
There was - and still is - so much love, kindness, generosity and compassion pouring out within and around us. I was so deeply touched. In the midst of this all, I saw the face of God. That's just how I would describe it.
Let me say thank you. I cannot put all of your names here but, you know who you all are. I wish I could but I know I will not be able to be there for every one of you. But if there is anything I can do within my capacity to help, I'd do it. And I mean it.
I wish for all of you to see the same "beautiful face" I saw at a time when you most need to see it. I wish that you all be surrounded with kindness and love. Outpouring. The same way you surrounded me and my family with them.
Please be sure to check out all the inspirational posts for THE KINDNESS PROJECT.