#Capture Kindness: Week 12

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Welcome back, readers! Last week’s challenge was to be kind to seniors. If you don’t have grandparents or other older relatives living nearby, you might have had to get creative.

As I live with my elderly father, this one was super-easy for me. “Kindness to seniors” is a daily thing for me. My dad is 83 and has some memory and mobility issues, so I regularly help him stay organized and make sure he eats well, takes his medications, and does the things he needs to do. I do his laundry and clean up when he forgets to. However, I confess, I also sometimes get really frustrated with him. It can be hard to live with an aging parent. (I’m sure it’s hard on him, too.)  When that happens, and especially during this week of kindness, I remind myself that he can’t help his memory lapses; he’s doing the best he can and that’s really all I can ask of him. And that helps me keep things in perspective and treat him with more empathy and compassion.

And, really, that’s what kindness is all about – remembering that everyone you meet has a background that you know nothing about and reasons for doing that things that they do. Give them the benefit of the doubt and give them a smile. It might be the first one they’ve seen all day.

Keep the kindness flowing!

___Tara

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