Kindness: a simple word, almost overshadowed by the big actions. There are so many more dramatic and noticeable things we can do. It is almost like a childhood word, a learning word, Be kind, play nice, be nice. But what if it is the most important word? It is simple, it is easy and maybe that is why we tend to not give it the respect it deserves.
“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.” ― Henry James
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 3:3
All of our great Spiritual leaders and teachings speak of kindness. The love of humanity and ourselves began with kindness. We should be kind to ourselves as well as others. The world and our planet need our kindness. So where can I start? Start small and recognize kindness in myself and others. Soon the habit will become natural and from small acts of kindness we build into large ones.
Here are some of the ways we can be kind during our days without even trying too hard:
Hold open the door for the person behind you.
Smile at babies and children.
Let others go first at stop signs
Let someone go in front of you at grocery line when you can see they are rushed or frazzled.
Listen to their stories, even when you have heard them before. Their words are important.
Pet dogs whenever possible
Make eye contact with strangers. Smile!
Don’t turn your eyes from the homeless person, smile at them. See them.
Call your mom, call your family.
Say I love you
Give a compliment, a simple “that color looks good on you” can make someones day.
Say thank you, use your manners.
Give up your seat when you see others need it.
Be patient with older people. The world can be fast and overwhelming to them.
Buy your co worker coffee for no reason
Remember birthdays and other special days. Just remembering people helps them feel acknowledged.
Receive graciously. Let others feel their own kindness is appreciated.
And a million more, I could sit here all day and list kindness or I could go out and do be it. When in doubt, let kindness be your guide. When you are not sure of the next move, what is the kind thing to do? How can we help our world be a better place, start with kindness. Let this word be your important word. Join with others and do the random acts of kindness. I promise you, what you put out is returned immeasurably, so be kind, be loving and my friends your lives will fill with the blessings of kindness returned.
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