World Kindness Day, The Golden Rule and ShelterBox

13 Nov

1   Today is World Kindness Day.  Being kind to each other must be one of the most important attributes of the human.

World Kindness day

World Kindness Day

2    I wrote a few weeks ago here of the Golden Rule, treat others as you wish to be treated. These words of Arthur Dunn ask an important question and one that is partly answered in the work of ShelterBox below. If only we all (including our governments) could live by this philosophy, the world would indeed be a kinder place.

Why should the Golden Rule be so difficult in business and foreign relations? The happily married treat each other as they wish to be treated. They treat their children better than they wish to be treated themselves. Unless we do unto a friend as we do unto ourselves, we lose a friend. In an emergency we rush to the aid of our neighbour. Is it so great a step to realise that all people everywhere are neighbours?

3     Today from ShelterBox:  “PHILIPPINES UPDATE: 504 ShelterBox tents have now arrived in Manila, Philippines. Distribution of this aid will begin as soon as it has cleared customs. A further 224 ShelterBoxes and 576 ShelterBox tents are currently en route to Cebu, Philippines with airfreight courtesy of DFID. This shipment is hoped to arrive in the Philippines 13 November. Nine SRT members are carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Additional team members are also on their way.

An extra 200 ShelterBoxes destined for the Philippines were packed by warehouse volunteers at ShelterBox HQ in Cornwall yesterday. ShelterBox are looking to help up to 4,000 families in the Philippines in the immediate future, with potential for more help if it’s needed.  We couldn’t do any of this without your support and donations.”                We are lucky enough to be both safe and able to have donated for a Shelterbox. What a beautiful idea it was that Tom Henderson, the Founder of this charity had all those years ago.  Find out all about the charity and the boxes here.

ShelterBox in action

ShelterBox in action



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20 responses to “World Kindness Day, The Golden Rule and ShelterBox

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you for linking back to my post! Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

  1. theamateurcamera

    November 18, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for sharing the link to ‘ShelterBox’, I hadn’t heard of them before and what a fantastic job they are doing! 🙂

  2. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    November 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    so agree with your thoughts of kindness…and the shelter-boxes…perfect!

  3. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    November 14, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I love the idea of world kindness day. We try to live by that spirit every day.

  4. Choc Chip Uru

    November 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    We need more days (or everyday) to celebrate the importance of kindness 😀


  5. Sharp Little Pencil

    November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Tom Henderson and company on site, and people like you all over the world – are blessings. I’m going to log on and see how we can contribute. Money’s tight, but this may end up being our yearly GIft (the only one) we give to friends and family. Bless you, babe. Amy

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

      It is a wonderful charity to support in any way you can. I’m glad to have introduced you to it. Have a good week. WE’re off to London for a few days to visit our Grandchildren and their parents.

  6. djdfr

    November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    World kindness every day and we would have a new world or regain paradise lost.

  7. John Roberts

    November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Sally
    Your piece about ‘The Golden Rule’ reminded me of this song by Billy Bragg: ‘Do Unto Others
    Have a listen and a Safe Journey tomorrow.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I agree – every day should be kindness day. 🙂

  8. Don

    November 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    What an incredible idea. Brilliant and so creative and compassionately made with thought and insight, thinking of everything. Such an amazing and loving response.

  9. Jessica Hagan

    November 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Wonderful post. Thanks for enlightening us about the Shelter Boxes. Great to see human kindness in action. Peace.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Glad to pass on information about ShelterBox. They are my favourite charity. I love the whole concept and the hope and dignity it gives to families along with shelter.

  10. Hudson Howl

    November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    kindness gets one in places, others never experience….though genuine kindness is best when it as natural as breathing………thank you Miss kindness, for the shelter link, never new of its existence

  11. Cheri

    November 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Bloggers For Peace and commented:
    I saw this on BlogHer today and it made perfect sense to re-blog it here.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much for the re-blog and in such a perfect space. I shall check it out. 🙂


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