Even When It’s Not Easy

I read in a book that when given the choice between right and being kind we should always choose to be kind. Both boys understood that concept. Wouldn’t it be great if we could teach it to the whole world?

I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here. You, my reader, are kind. You probably show kindness wherever you can, whenever you can, to everyone you can. I don’t need to tell you not to judge others because they wear mismatched socks, or yell at their kids, or cut you off on the highway, or took the last bag of storm chips. I don’t need to tell you to use words of encouragement, to lift others’ spirits, or how a smile can change someone’s day. I think my readership already understands the power of kindness.

You do, don’t you?

However, the words”you can” from that last paragraph leaves us a bit of a loophole, doesn’t it? If you can, you do. If you can’t, you don’t. It is really tough to show kindness that arsehole who just told you you’re a bad parent. It’s really tough to show kindness to the jerk who just flipped you the bird. It’s really tough to show kindness to the idiot who just drove a front loader through your house. But if you can, be kind.

I see it as paying it forward. I’m kind to someone and in return they’re kind to someone else. Eventually, that chain of kindness will return to me. Or you. Or all of us. I think that’s how karma works.

I can honestly say, as much as the boys can drive us absolutely mental sometimes, one thing they fully understand is kindness toward others. Crash looks out for his classmates with special needs. He makes sure they get outside safely when the fire alarm scares them. He sees that they have all their belongings while they’re on field trips. Bang knows how people people laugh. He has adopted all the ladies of the church choir as friends. Sure, they can be total jerks to each other. They’re brothers. However, when it comes to others, I’m proud of them.

*Kindness is one of the greatest attributes one’s character can possess.

*An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

*When you lift others up, you also lift yourself.

Please share your favorite quote on kindness in the comment section. It can even be one you made up…

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6 thoughts on “Even When It’s Not Easy

  1. Thank you for stopping in to read my responses in your “Get to know me 2018” Q& A. I enjoyed reading this lovely post. I totally agree kindness is the key to a make or break day for any of us. Our society has lost its way to show common courtesies and good behavior to one another. In a world where we’re taught to be more sociable through social media, we actually have lost ourselves and have become less social. They will always be jerks in the world and even if you maintain your cool and are kind to them they may not reciprocate with a smile or sparkle of the eye but if we do everything that we can that’s decent and right then we’ll be happier people. Pretty soon, we’ll find our world is not nearly as full of jerks anymore. πŸ˜‰ Have an incredible day and God bless! Here’s my kindness quote contribution for today…

    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

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