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Christina Maas

The Netherlands

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(Dynamic, Determined, Dedicated)

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Christina’s kindness journey began right from childhood where she believes that she just did things ‘purely, instinctively, and without rationalizing.’

She recalls always thinking of more than just herself. When she got gifts or sweets, she kept aside some of it for her friends who did not get them as often. While visiting her grandparents home, she always took time out to go around to their neighbours homes and spend time with the elderly who didn’t get too many visitors.

She listened to stories about their lives with keen interest, joined them at meals so that they were not eating alone, sometimes got them groceries, flowers, or anything else that she thought would brighten their day a little.

She spent time helping children at an orphanage, as well as making visits to schools with children with disabilities.

“I learnt the sign language for those who were not able to hear or speak, I still know the language,” she says with a big smile.

She also spent time at an Old Age Home, making random surprise visits to talk to the elderly and listen to their stories. She remembers how important it was for them to have someone there to listen.

quote-openKindness to me is the water that the thirsty desert needs, and I love being that water.quote-close

Ever since she was a kid, Christina noticed people who were thirsty for kindness. She saw the lack of understanding between people and quickly became aware of the impact of each little act of kindness. She didn’t have a plan back then, but always kept her eyes and heart wide open for opportunities to spread some love.

Christina loves to buy food and other necessities for the homeless and sit down for a chat with them to make them a little happier.

Her kindness doesn’t restrict itself to human beings. Growing up, she remembers having a complete zoo in her garden from animals that she had rescued off the streets or taken in from shelters.

quote-openI don’t have a specific way or a favorite act of kindness, as I never go by any rules. I just follow my heart and intuition– feeling what a person would need in that particular moment, and I just go for it.quote-close

Christina feels that kindness in itself is the reward as nothing gives her greater joy than sharing her happiness with others. She believes that it is simply a way of being.

Although she has had experiences where people close to her did not understand her kindness completely, nothing made her hesitant to continue being the best she could be. She recalls having to make compromises to have others understand her way of life, but never did she stop being true to herself or her beliefs.

Christina is forever grateful for the emotional support she has received from her grandparents, mother, younger brother and some of her closest friends along her journey. She thanks them for completely understanding her for who she is and encouraging her to do what she loves– helping others in any way possible.

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– Interviewed by Soumya John

Soumya describes herself is as a writer. She writes for love, for healing, and for hope, which also happens to be what she would call the central theme of her life! As a Blog Guru at Life Vest Inside, she hopes to give words to the magic of kindness that is slowly, but most certainly, taking over the world!

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CHRISTINA’S WISH:

Christina’s company Maas Communications is working with Life Vest Inside to create some cool stuff for the kindness community. To make this easier, she would love for more people to join her in the “LVI Ambassador Knights Thinking Tank” that she is currently working on. She says that the knights’ round table will be the whole world and the “Excalibur” will be our hearts and minds united in action for creating a kinder, lovelier, and better world for all of us!

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FUN FACTS:

Favorite Food:
International kitchen! I love world cuisine, I’m always curious to taste and learn and one of my passions is cooking.

Favorite Book:
A few of my favorites include “Jonathan Livingstone Seagul” by Richard Bach and “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

Funniest Memory:
Practicing/Striving to fly Peter-Pan-like (from above the wardrobes in my room with mattresses I had placed under, on the floor) and falling flat several times. Eventually I succeeded but in a metaphorical way!

Silliest Fear:
I don’t have enough time in just one life to do all the things I love.

Nickname:
Peter Pan, Tigertje

Favorite Color:
Red, and my favorite metaphorical color is all the shades of grey between white and black.

Unexpected Skill or Talent:
Chess. When I was 4 years old I won my first international championship by applying a strategy that I didn’t learn (it came instinctively, like out of the blue).