Earlier this week, I tuned in to Netflix and found a show called ‘The Kindness Diaries’ under the ‘Recently Added’ section. After checking out the synopsis, I decided to check it out and see what it’s all about. The concept of the show is about a man, Leon Logothetis, who used to be a stockbroker making lots of money, deciding to quit his job to live a more meaningful life. So instead, he travels around the world, without any money or personal belongings, and purely relying on kindness of strangers to help him with accommodation, food, gas and even clothing.
The only thing he takes with him is his vintage motorbike, named Kindness One, which seems to break down a lot, and would require him to ask other people to help him fix it for free. By the way, even his boat (cargo ship) ride across the sea to get to the other side of the world was negotiated and provided for free.
What you’ll find are a lot of people who have gone through a lot in their lives and have been willing to help because they too believe in the goodness of others. There were also some people who literally had close to nothing, including a homeless man, provide him shelter and warmth. I basically was crying my eyes out on each episode and felt so warm inside, grateful to know that even with this messed up world that we seem to live in, there are still a lot of good people out there that you can rely on.
Now there’s a great twist to all of this, which caused me to ball my eyes out even more – Leon would gift something in return to a great Samaritan who has been very kind and generous even when they had so little, but are the ones who definitely needed the most amount of help. These generous gifts range from paying to provide someone a new home, schooling, new books, water, a cow (yes a cow!), and more. The ‘giftee’ is overwhelmed by the gift, again tear tear, and shocked at the gift they have just been given. It’s truly so inspiring and you’ll just have to watch it for yourself.
I’m not sure if there’s going to be another season, but this season has 13 episodes. Just to give you a general idea of what to expect, I’ve listed the titles of the 13 episodes below.
Season 1 Episodes
Gift of Love
Gift of Security
Gift of Inspiration
Gift of Transformation
Gift of Abundance
Gift of Service
Gift of Tomorrow
Gift of Education
Gift of Joy
Gift of Protection
Gift of Sight
Gift of Loyalty
Gift of Gratitude
As I watched each episode, at the end of each one, Leon would say something so inspirational that made me want to jot them down and inspired me to share them here on my blog. I wasn’t aware of it until after I watched the series, but he actually wrote a book about this. It’s quite obvious what the title would be, The Kindness Diaries, which I may end up grabbing so I can read more about his journey. You can grab the book through Chapters Indigo, Amazon, Walmart, as well as Barnes & Noble. Also check out your local bookstore, they may have it available there too. I believe the show can only be streamed via Netflix so go check it out. They usually have a 1mo free trial if you don’t have a membership yet. The show is definitely worth seeing, it will leave you inspired with all the warm fuzzy feelings afterwards.
TOP 10 QUOTES TO TAKE AWAY:
“The more that you live with your heart, the richer you are”
“Forgiveness and a loving heart, can heal even the deepest of wounds.”
“Kindness, love and selflessness, can make the world a better place.”
“One’s love for faith and family, gave him the strength he needs to persevere, in a place where so very many have so very little.”
“Although life may always contain both darkness and light, ultimately when we open our eyes to the world around us, it is our choice to decide how we see it.”
“We can never predict when mundane moments will transpire in to magical ones. And that’s ok. The only thing we have to do, is be open to the possibility.”
“There are many things in our life that are beyond our control. But the things we can control, will ultimately define us.”
“Choose adventure, choose your dream, but most of all, everyday make the decision to choose. And when you do, choose kindness.”
“The love of one’s neighbour could build a thriving community, despite limited resources.”
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