In the last twelve hours I have run across this quote from Mother Teresa two times:
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
So, I decided to Google “kindness” to see what showed up. I found several definitions and many projects relating to kindness.
The best definition of kindness that I have ever read is ‘the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.’
One of the worst definitions is the one from Urban Dictionary which says ‘the act of going out of your way to be nice to someone. Something that apparently does not exist anymore.’ That one saddened me.
Why does being kind have to be a ‘going out of your way’ thing? Why are there so many ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ groups/projects being generated these days? Because we live in a selfish world where kindness is fading away.
In my opinion, kindness should be a quality we display in everyday activities, not randomly. And not just to be displayed in a video or talked about on social media. True kindness is doing something for someone because you can, not because you will be recognized for it.
It does not cost anything to say a kind word. Unfortunately your kind words may be the only ones many people hear today. Speak kindness into someone’s life today.
It only takes a few minutes to be considerate of those around you. A smile and a friendly word is such a small thing, but can mean so much to a lonely person. And we are all lonely at some point in our lives.
Be merciful in dealing with a difficult person. You do not know the battles a person may be facing or may have just come through. Don’t wait for people to be kind, show them how.
As in days of old, these words from a 19th century primary book should be words to live by:
Kind hearts are the garden
Kind thoughts are the roots
Kind words are the blossoms
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Or as Henry James, a writer, put it, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”
Good words to live by. Do you actively teach your children or grandchildren to be kind? If so, please share some ways you do this in the comment section.
March forth today and ……
Be a blessing,