Kindness

Kind·ness:

The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. A kind act.

Synonyms            kindliness – goodness – favor - affability

Com·pas·sion:
Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. 
Synonyms:     commiseration - sympathy - condolence - empathy

How we humans treat our fellow humans is truly a measure of our collective humanity. Besides our intelligence, what sets us apart from other animals is the empathy and compassion we not only possess but thrive on.

We are all connected.  We all have wants and needs and feelings.  We are dependant on each other not just for tangible reasons but for emotional as well. We need each other.  It is instinctive and it goes back to our birth hundreds of thousands of years ago. And in my opinion it is one of the reasons we have become so formidable as a race.

There is strength in unity and harmony is essential to unity. Harmony is built on kindness and mutual respect. And as they say “Kindness begets kindness.”

Kindness can be simple and easy and fun. Doing an act of kindness feels good and it should. Altruism is a noble trait and as we endeavor to overcome our savage part and concentrate on the noble; even the simplest and most basic acts of kindness can go much further than we think.

Positive or negative emotions are contagious; they spread like wildfire.  One person’s bad day can leave behind a lot of bad feelings and bad days for others.  Of course, this goes the same for someone’s good day and it is these good days that must be shared.

The smallest of acts can make a dramatic difference. A kind word, even a smile can be heaven-sent to someone who’s having a bad day or rough go of it.  These days many people are having a rough go of it.

I have been on the giving and receiving end of this vital human connection and have experienced the full spectrum of feelings regarding it. As my experiences of late have shown me, being in the need of kindness makes one appreciate it all the more.

I can’t help but notice the kindness and generosity, the compassion possessed by those with the least to give. I see it time and time again and these times have really brought it home.  I have found people to be more understanding…more down to earth and much kinder than I ever thought.

If anything good could come out of this “Great Recession” it’s that it has forced many of us to slow down our rampant consumerism and concentrate on what is really important; each other, not things…….and really, if anything, no matter what your personal circumstances…..it’s given us all the more reason to be kind to each other.

Strawberryindigo.

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14 thoughts on “Kindness

  1. A stranger once held a door open for me. I never knew his name but his simple act of kindness, one he probably took for granted, changed my life. It reminded me that, despite the barrage of tragic and sad stories we see and hear on the news, there is still kindness and decency in humankind… No act is ever too small to impact someone else. Thanks for the great post! :)

  2. I like this post a lot! I think all the 10 commandments, and every one of life’s difficulties could be covered by two commandments: 1. Be kind. 2. Be grateful. We have immense power to help others by doing such easy things. Just by looking someone in the eye and smiling at them, by noticing their presence on this earth, we can ease that person’s journey.
    My current attempt at making the world more human and less robotic is to remember the name of whoever answers the phone at whatever call center or reception desk I have to call (once I actually make it through the menu to a human being) and to thank them for their help by name. I can hear the surprise in their voice after I’ve said their name. I imagine that they are treated like just another part of the computer by most people. It is a small thing that I hope makes their day a tiny bit better.

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  4. Love the rhodie blossoms in the header! I happen to like living in an atmosphere where folks are kind to each other and I figure it’s up to me to help spread the feeling and not wait for others to do it.

  5. I like your post very much and agree with Nowan Zen. Here’s a kindness quote that comes to mind.
    “No matter how little you have, you can always give some of it away.” –Catherine Marshall

  6. Thank you for a lovely post, with many a wise word…
    By the way, I really love your header today – a beautiful photo of a beautiful flower…
    Have a nice day Strawberryindigo! :D

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