Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Power of Kindness

Bracelet by Lucky Girl

"My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness."
Dalai Lama

Isn't that beautiful?  To imagine an entire planet of people who would value kindness more as a part of daily life and less as a means of getting something they wanted is nice.  Sometimes I feel like such a world is a near impossibility, but then I think about the kindness that has been shown to me and wonder if maybe there is so much more kindness happening under my radar.

I'm right; maybe I'm naively hopeful.  But I'm definitely surrounded by kindness.

(NOTE: Although very sociable, I admit that I am cautious and guarded with new people.  However, the people I've surrounded myself with rank among the top of my "Things I'm Most Proud of in My Life" list.)

Kindness is...
... holding the elevator door for the person rushing down the hall.

... asking the waiter to use the balance of a restaurant gift card on another table.

... my cousin introducing me to her friends on the first day of high school, because all of my friends went to a different school.

... a co-worker giving me helpful tips at a new job.

... a card in the mail just because.

... an acquaintance saying, "I know we just met, but you didn't seem like yourself today. Let me know if there is anything I can do."

... being open-minded.

... gently correcting someone instead of rushing to say, "No, that's wrong."

... telling the truth with tact and respect.

... community service work.

... acknowledging people you pass with eye contact and a smile.

I like that last one.  So easy.  You know who is really good at that?  My husband.  When he gets the mail, he smiles and greets our neighbors.  When we go to the store, he always finds a way to make the cashier's day.  When a stranger asks him a question, he gives his undivided attention and answers, with that same winning smile.  When he has a terrible day, you can expect that same kindness at the mailbox, at the store, or where ever said stranger asks a question.
"It's not their fault I had a terrible day."  
Wow!  Could you imagine if everyone responded that way?  

I believe in kindness, how powerful it can be, and its place in the universe.  Regardless of the religion you practice, there's always room for kindness.

And on that note, happy March!  (Check out the new sponsors on my sidebar!)  And Happy Friday Eve!  As Ellen always says at the end of her show, "Be kind to one another."


Chandra said...

Isn't it amazing how simple, everyday things can not only make you feel good, but impact the life of someone else. And the best doesn't cost a thing! New to your blog and glad I found your place of inspiration on the web:D

Breanna said...

I loved everything about this post! You are such a fabulous writer! :)

Unknown said...

yes yes yes. kindness is SO important :)

Unknown said...

Simple things can make SUCH a difference! :-) I am a believer in kindness too. <3

Ellie said...

This is a beautiful post. I am learning to be kind to someone that I work with whom I really want to just smack in the face, so it's a lesson in humility. I definitely need to work on your husband's motto for when he's having a bad day. I am not so great about not letting it affect others...

Here is one of my favorite quotes that suits this post quite well, "There is no human problem that cannot be solved by kindness." - Curly Top

Sometimes I forget how far a little kindness can go because it's so easy to focus on the negative.

Jess said...

But this post is absolutely 100% spot on :)
Loved reading every single word!

I just love you miss thang.
And I am oh so glad that we found each other in this blog world!

Adam is just like your husband - I think that's why I love him (Adam that is lol) so very much!

Happy March, friend!

Emily @ Emmy June said...

I love this post :)

Every single thing about it. And the author, most of all.

Crissy@ABerrySweetLife said...

Aww your hubby sounds so sweet!