A week or two ago, I read an article in the paper which got my attention. So I promptly googled www.wakeupsydney.com.au to learn more. What I found was just plain inspiring in the simplest way. Kindness. Doing something kind for a complete stranger. And, even better, encouraging them to pay it forward.
Thanks to the movie of the same title a few years back (remember the “I see dead people” kid? Same kid, completely different movie), the concept has been talked about before, and many people have actually thought about kindness, and made a concerted effort. But then the craze seems to fade for some time until the next wave of “kindness” is inspired.
Here is a snapshot of their message from the website:
“Wake Up Sydney! is part of the largest movement the world has ever seen. Millions of people, just like you, are waking up to a bright new way of thinking, a brilliant new way of being. It is a profound revolution in human consciousness. It is the coming world.
Now is the time for the tribes of Sydney to gather, collaborate, be entertained and accelerate this revolution toward a more kind, conscious and sustainable world”
What I love about the Wake Up Sydney movement is their practical, community-minded approach to not only get people to be kind to each other, but they actually hosts events to inspire people, and encourage social networking with other like-minded people. It’s a “get off your butt” kind of approach which actually forces people to DO something, not just think about doing something. And, so importantly, to become part of something bigger than themselves.
I ordered my free Kindness Cards which arrived today (and BTW are so beautiful – I feel inspired just looking at them!), and it really has got me stirred up to pay closer attention to opportunities to be kind to someone I dont know, and then hope (and hand them a card to remind them!!) they will, in turn, think about how they can do the same for another.
Its a movement starting in Sydney but rapidly moving across Australia, and, hopefully, the globe. Lord knows we need more kindness in this world. That’s the kind of revolution I want to be part of.