On 23rd May 2017, a lot of people woke up to the news of the terrorist attack at the MEN arena, Manchester, England. From what I read, there hadn’t been an attack of such magnitude in the UK since the London bombings in 2005.
Many will have been affected: the people, including children, who lost their lives; the families of those killed; people near to the arena when the attack took place; MEN staff and security; and the emergency services. Even those businesses and residents who helped people who had been at the concert will have that evening etched into their minds.
It’s easy to focus on the negatives, and this post isn’t to take away from the unbelievable sadness of the situation, but I think we also need to remember that there are good people in this world. There are people who care and act selflessly in times of need, so I want to focus on the power of these kindnesses.
- Being kind costs nothing. It can be as small as smiling at someone in the street, to helping them in situations such as that in Manchester. No matter how big or small the act, kindness can have a profound impact on those giving and receiving it.
- When tragic events occur, kindness can help to restore people’s faith in humanity. Yes, there are people in this world who, for whatever reason, want to inflict harm on others. However, there are many, many more who give their lives in service of others.
- Being kind without expecting anything in return helps people to feel like they matter; that they are valued.
- Kindness crosses boundaries and brings people together who may not otherwise have met. Let’s not allow a minority to create barriers and keep people apart and afraid of one another.
So, of course, let’s pay our respects to those who lost their lives/were injured, and their families; lives have been changed forever.
However, let’s also remember that love and kindness are intrinsic to the human spirit and were abundantly present in Manchester that evening. They will no doubt continue to be present in the weeks that follow.