On Kindness

I strive to lead a gentle life and be kind. That has been my guiding principle or “life value” as long as I can remember. Even before I remember learning what kindness was, my family told me that I just was. Kind.

Here are some thoughts from personal insights and reflection…

From a blog (Connecting People to The LOVE that Heals) that I stumbled on by Danielle Burnock:

* Kindness is the quality of being gentle, caring and helpful.
* Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
You could say that being friendly and considerate is being nice but kindness is more. Kindness is generous.

Kindness isn’t something you’re generous with. Kindness IS inherently generous. To be kind is to be generous.

Kindness (as well as generosity) is defined as a quality of being.

While I did not write these words myself, I have heard them before. From my parents and from important people in my life, like my mentor Maude.

I do not set out each day to “be” kind, or think, “what can I do to be kind today.”

Being gentle, caring, helpful, friendly, generous, and considerate is how I was raised to be. My parents set the example, and all of us kids learned that the quality of being kind was highly valued. We were rewarded with a smile and affection from our parents when we were kind (to each other and to others.)

Trust me, as a child of a family of 15, being kind to one another was sometimes quite challenging! But I digress….

Being kind is just who I am. I don’t try to be… I just am.

Wouldn’t the world be a nicer place if we were kinder to one another? Think about it. Stop. Reflect. Act.

Life is short: be the man (or woman) you are… be kind.

2 thoughts on “On Kindness

  1. I follow your blog, but rarely post a comment.

    One thing you fail to mention is that you are our light and guiding spirit. You set an example far above the rest of us in demonstrating what kindness really means. Your gentle soul, your thoughtful, warm, and sincere smile — always, always, lifts our spirits.

    While the bar you set is high, you make the rest of us feel as if we are there already. I haven’t the foggiest notion how you do that.

    Love always,

    Seventh Sibling

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