Spreading words of kindness and well wishes requires that others be accessible. Many people do not make themselves accessible to those they don’t know. If you share something in common with someone — familial, cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic, professional, etc. — you can gain access to them. People can also make themselves available even if they’re not physically close. This point can be illustrated using any social media platform. The more you have in common with someone, the more they’re willing to accept your connection.
The second important consideration is the issue of acceptance. It’s highly unlikely that groups or communities would listen to a complete stranger. They may not accept outside help, especially if it’s in the form of positive thoughts and encouragement. That’s why it’s important to be first accepted by those you wish to help. Without acceptance, the efforts will fall to the edge of the road. One may even surmise, “why is he trying to help us when he could have helped those closest to him?”
It seems like the world has as many support organizations as there are people in it. This has been an instinctive practice sown into the fabric of human nature. Yet today we are being coached by mystics into getting rid of limiting boundaries we set between each other. These same spiritual coaches have spent most of their lives helping their own communities, cultures, ethnic and/or religious groups. It’s a wonderful view, but replete with edits and a happy-go-lucky trailer.
Good deeds should start close to home and make their way out to the local community, state, country, and the world. Before someone grants a kind stranger the keys of access and acceptance, there has to be a trail of good deeds. Helping those you know breeds trust and credibility amongst those you do not know.
We were born into our families and our communities; It wasn’t a choice. The Druze are among the most loving and kind groups of people. We continue as we have always, to help and support the communities we live in. Kindness starts with family, then community, and only then it can spread to the world.