Today, Friday, November 13, 2020, is World Kindness Day, an international holiday observed by many countries. I hav chosen 5 quotes to reflect upon today, and I hope you enjoy them along some added thoughts I will share.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
We never know the suffering that someone else may be experiencing. Even those we see as being very close, may have inner battles happening to which we are not aware. Kindness has a way of connecting us and showing others there is a level of grace and safety.
Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
Choice begins with awareness. If we are not aware of ourselves in this moment, and that every moment we have the opportunity to make a choice, we may live as though we are victims of our circumstance. Yet, right now, we can each make a choice to practice kindness, and let the our choosing of kindness carry us throughout our lives.
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.
According to this quote, kindness is pretty important. James is essentially saying that kindness is the foundation of human life for how it is most important to live. What if we lived as though kindness were the most important part of life? How would we be able to avoid suffering if kindness were our guide and motivation for actions?
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Many want to “change the world,” yet the reality of what the world is comes down to all of the every day little actions that we 7.5+ billion people living on Planet Earth are choosing to take. As Bobby Sager says, “Concrete baby steps matter.” I know I have certainly been guilty of having a huge vision I want to go after, yet overlooking the small steps necessary to get there. It is likely you, too, have wanted to see something become a reality yet have lacked the patience to walk through each step of the process. At least, I hope I am not the only one who has lacked such patience.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
I greatly enjoy this quote from ol’ Sam Clemons, which puts a bit of a different spin on the report from Jesus of Nazareth saying the deaf hear; the blind see. I think that in the current social climate where it is easy to see much division in the world, we need to find language and ways of communicating that are more difficult to be misinterpreted. Kindness, like music, is easy to communicate and cuts beyond ideologies.
Kindness is defined as being “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” Therefore, let us all be friends. Let us all be generous towards others that all people might have what is necessary for a life of respect and dignity. Let us be considerate of one another, listening instead of judging; seeking understanding over argumentation; practicing patience in all things.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. – Barbara De Angelis