Kindness Matters

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! — Anne Frank

I recently heard someone say that kindness is over rated. What?!? I do not understand how someone could feel that way. I should clarify of course…I OVER heard someone say this. I wasn’t a part of the conversation, so maybe the missing pieces, the back-story so to speak, would have helped me understand what ended in such a statement. I also heard the word honesty thrown out, so …is it ok to be unkind if you’re at least being honest? Hmmm. I think one can always find a way to be gently kind, even in the face a raw honesty.

My inbox is hit a couple of times a day with quotes and inspirational thoughts. Lately it seems I’ve heard a lot about kindness. Is this a subtle reminder to me that I need to show more kindness? Is it God nudging me towards something? Not sure about that, but I do know I’ve tried to be more mindful of the kindness factor.

Ellen DeGeneres ends her daily talk/variety show with the simple words “be kind to one another.” While I don’t watch the show daily, whenever I do tune in I make sure to wait for that wisdom-filled verbal reminder. It somehow makes me feel good to hear her say those words.

Gracious God,
Thank you for showing kindness to me the sinner and to me the saint. Help me open my eyes and heart to all who I meet, showing them even a fraction of the kindness your spirit brings daily. Amen

Andrea Heshmati

 

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. — Oscar Wilde

One kind word can warm three winter months. — Japanese Proverb

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. — Tenzin Gyatso

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