11th November is Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day. A day to reflect, honour and remember all the people who fought and died during the world wars. The bright red poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and proceeds from the sale of them go to Royal British Legion, who give help and welfare to service personnel and their families, past and present.
They shall grow old not, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon
A few days later on the 13th, it is World Kindness Day: Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and neighbourhoods.
On this day, people are encouraged to attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.
Being and showing kindness has many benefits: it makes us happier, improves relationships and is contagious. With more kindness shown in the world, it is hoped that there are less wars.
It doesn’t matter where you go,
Or who you meet along the way,
Carry kindness in your heart,
And practice it each day.
A simple smile can change the course of someone’s week,
The smallest gesture represents the gift of joy we seek.