GINTA – Being kind is always the better option

(Image: Daniela Ginta)

MANY YEARS AGO, I found this piece of driftwood – a plank just wide enough and long enough to write a short something on,  and that something was one of my favourite quotes by Dalai Lama and a principle I try to live by, ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’

We have moved that piece of driftwood from one home to another and during many a kids’ squabble I pointed to it as a reminder that kindness can be done, anytime, anywhere. A reminder for all, young and old, that is.

It turns out that walking around town these days holding that sign would not be too outlandish, given some of the stories that have been recently shared on social media. People are being judged for buying what some label as non-essential items.

Dalai Lama. (Image: John Hain, Pixabay)

Looking into each other’s carts or baskets and assuming that an item is non-essential is wrong and presumptuous. Sure, food is essential, and so are other basic items such as personal care, hygiene and home cleaning products.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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