My family and I just returned back to Bali for a quick holiday and happiness reset.
After having lived here for three years it feels amazing to be back. I have so much to be grateful for for this country, after all it was the driving force for me to want to start an impactfull business.
Bali can be busy, polluted, dirty and stinking hot, all the things in life I find challenging, but what makes my heart sing here on a daily basis is the people and their outward displays of kindness and happiness.
I am not just talking about the people in the hospitality industry here but the old local rice farmers who always offer up the biggest toothy smile with the warmest Salamat Pagi (good morning) ever uttered. Old men and women often bent over and crippled from a lifetime of working in the rice fields, so poor and so physically worn yet so happy and so kind.
When we arrived a few nights ago as we pulled up a young Western girl fell from her scooter right outside our Villa, within seconds at least 10 locals (young and old) raced over from the rice fields and neighbouring houses. They dusted her off, checked her bike and made sure she was ok. That’s what Bali is to me, kindness, and to me that is the essence of life.
Life is about connection with all sentient beings generated via acts of kindness.
That is the foundation of this company Earth Bottles, being in business to make an impact and the best way to make an impact is through acts of kindness.
But you don’t have to be in a business to have an impact, you can display kindness in so many ways. Challenge yourself daily to see how many acts of kindness you can in act to impact yourself and those around you.
It doesn’t have to be huge. It can a simple cheery hello or to ask the person serving you how their day is going. I like to try and win over grumpy check in staff at the airport. I love to pay for someone’s groceries or petrol when the person in front of me has forgotten their wallet (especially when money is tight).
Help out a Mum or Dad who is battling to balance a bub on their hip and getting their shopping into their car or give a busker or somebody down on their luck a surprise note instead of a coin. Obviously this blog is coming from a place of privilege, but as you are no doubt aware, depression and anxiety are at record levels in the western world, proving that privilege does not create happiness!
Today Ash, the kids and I are heading over to a local swimming pool where with the help of some of our beautiful and generous friends and family back home in Australia we pooled together some money to get six months worth of swimming lessons for some kids from a local orphanage.
I am proud to say we are on our second lot of six months of lessons and they now all know how to swim and are loving it!!
When we lived here in Bali we had a lot to do with the Bali Baby House and the kids and women that live there. This was probably one of the most rewarding things for our family we could have done. I remember having a few dark days when life sometimes got challenging, and the best remedy was to jump on the scooter and head to the Baby house and spend a few hours de-licing the kids hair or just to hang out with the kids or help the ladies out that work there.
The best cure for anxiety, the woe is me’s and depression is to reach out to someone else that might need your help. It instantly takes you out of your own head and your own ego.
It has been scientifically proven that committing acts of kindness creates emotional warmth, which releases the hormone oxytocin which is known as a “cardio-protective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure. Bottom line, kindness creates happiness and isn’t that what we are all searching for?
Kindness is more than physical generosity, it’s the emotion we emanate. It is impossible to exude these emanations without feeling joy.
Kindness not only directed to other humans but directed inwardly to ourselves and reaching out to our planet.
Kindness is more than a trivial hashtag, kindness will change our world but most of all it will change you!