Kindness will always be a subject that is dear to my heart. I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of people several times and the tide keeps tilting towards the bad and the ugly. It is understandable when one considers the difficult times we are in. Unfortunately, kindness does not require one to be comfortable before been manifested. When you go out of your way to help someone in need even when you are not in the best position to help, that is kindness personified. 

Years ago, while still in school, I encountered some financial challenges and it was becoming extremely difficult for me to even feed myself. We were almost rounding up for that session and I had three more papers to write before exams would be over. 

I couldn’t read or concentrate on anything meaningful because I was gradually starving to death. I was forced to visit a lady friend of mine who stayed two blocks from where I lived. She was asking about my welfare and how I was doing. 

I confided in her about the dire situation of things at home. She wasn’t having much, but from nowhere, she packaged some foodstuffs and gave me some little cash to take care of myself. I appreciated her and hurried back home. Her kindness towards me was overwhelming. I cried a bit before I got hold of myself. Two weeks back, I had sent a message back home to my Uncle requesting help, but not an atom of assist was forthcoming. 

Most times, we receive kindness from the most unlikely sources. People we barely know end up doing extraordinary things for us. Those we look up to as friends may eventually turn their backs on us. That’s the irony of life itself, and the sooner one gets used to it, the better. 

Each day I reflect on the life and times of Mother Teresa, my heart is lifted. My soul is inspired to do the little I can for those who may be too weak or underprivileged. She was so engrossed in helping children who had no father or mother. Children who had nothing to eat or clothes to put on. Mother Teresa gave them hope and a purpose for living. She showed kindness where others were too preoccupied with their personal needs. She died in their midst and showed a glimpse of kindness to the World. 

The funny thing about Mother Teresa is that people still criticized her for doing good. You can’t please everyone in life. Some will deliberately question your act of kindness and reject your gift of Love. And like Mother Teresa said: ‘The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.’.

We now live in a world that is so cold and emotionless. People hardly go out of their way to extend kindness via material things and even in words. If we can’t help those who may be in desperate need, the least we can do is to ensure we don’t add to their burden.