One of the families in the village offered me food and lodging while I waited for the bus to come. By Western standards, these people were poor, yet I was amazed at their happiness and serenity.
I find myself thinking back to that experience as I watched "The Kindness Diaries", a wonderful documentary series on Netflix.
The series follows the journey of host Leon Logothetis as he travels the world with no money, choosing to rely entirely on the kindness of strangers for food, lodging and gasoline to fuel his motorcycle.
When Leon and his crew meet someone who touches their hearts, they reward them with a gift.
Every episode, I too am touched, and I cry.
Things I've learned from watching this program:
- The poorest people are usually the most generous. I don't know if this is because they have more empathy, or they have less to lose by gambling on helping a total stranger.
- True contentment is not linked to material wealth.
- I want to visit Bhutan. The government of Bhutan is guided by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. I will say no more.
- Kindness can be found anywhere. You just have to ask.