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The Rewards of Kindness – Celebrating Library Month

01/10/2020

Hard days, tough weeks, long months, and yet more pandemic to come.  It’s challenging to lift ourselves out of this funk, except if you start to think about kindness. 

Kindness to yourself – how are you doing today?  What comfort can you give to you? 

Find it and make that gift, guilt-free.  A caress of your soul. 

Feeling better? 

Pass that kindness on!  Pass it forward, see it round itself back your way.  Find yourself relaxing more, breathing out the tension, making you smile, laugh, wonder. 

Share it.   

See the smiles behind the masks (look into those eyes), feel the joy and compassion surging in those around you.  Share a joke, make a compliment, write a note to someone, feel the peace in the space around you.  Give to the food bank.  Give blood. Hold the library door for another, recommend a book to read, a DVD to watch, a book club pick, a streaming TV show that made you laugh. Pick up a Library Month Kindness Calendar at your nearest open branch of OPL. 

The library at its essence is about kindness – sharing a collection, being a place to find others, learning more about the world, inspiring connection and self-improvement, caring for what others care for too. The library responds to your needs, by including what reflects you and your neighbours, friends, people you don’t know but share a city, a community, a library with!  It includes the world and cultivates what is good about it, and gives it to you through words, images, music, and so much more for your imagination, your heart, your mind. 

And let that imagination imagine kindness. Community. Respect. Patience. Understanding.  Support for what you need for your soul. 

That’s the Library. 

We are living a historical event that will not be over soon enough for most of us.  But it has also caused us to pause and rethink our habits, listen more carefully and notice the small things.  May it turn us to doing kindnesses, too.   

Let our collection inspire you.  Even during this pandemic, the Library invites and welcomes you. Come to the library during Library Month and find kindness from our employees who are happy to help you connect with books, databases, learning tools, online programming (and much more!) that will help keep you in touch, happy and well. 

Kindness: Take it to heart and pass it on! 

Happy Library Month! 

 

Comments

Thanks always to the library, the best space, best staff role modelling of kindness in this city. I am not trying to be COVID kind but, I am always curious anyway. Covid “allows” me to dawdle on the street. Before-dragging your feet did not seem, feel okay. Why? Now I take pictures with my phone of what I see and Then post it on FB. I am amused, touched by the people who click “like” and who are seeing through my eyes, they say. Their clicks and pictures in turn inspire me to “see” more. It’s a nice change too I find from sometimes harsh opinion pieces. Ripples ...calm, kind, thoughtful ripples are wonderful.

Like talking to a chef friend the other day. I told her about Mark Kurlansky’s Cod: Biography of the Fish that Changed the World. He also wrote Salt. She seemed truly interested. It is fun how people “listening” to what you say and expressing interest motivates more interest. I guess that is what is called “social commerce”. Now I have to look that up to see if I am using the term correctly! :) See what learning is provoked by sharing a comment and second guessing phrases and understanding! Cheers.