Hello my fellow human Beings:
What does it mean to you to be kind?
- Helping out those who help you?
- Being considerate to those who return the favour?
- Lending a sympathetic ear to a co-worker or friend?
Being kind to those who are kind to you is easy, but what about to people who are not kind to you?
- A boss that routinely cuts down your ideas and belittles you in front of your co-workers?
- A family member that shames you into feeling guilty through harsh words in raised voices?
- A driver that cuts you off in traffic and then steals your parking spot?
It’s not as easy to be kind to someone who doesn’t treat you well. Yet the person who can be kind when treated callously is authentically being a loving person.
Ordained minister and marriage counselor, Gary Chapman, in his book, Love as a Way of Life, describes how being kind is a form of being love:
“[K]ind acts, whether small or large, reflect a desire to serve others, and service is at the heart of any loving person. Kindness means serving someone else even if it involves sacrifice. …Large or small, acts of kindness communicate, ‘You are a person of value.’ …
When we become aware of those acts and learn to express appreciation for them, our desire to show kindness grows as well. Once we desire to become a kind person, it becomes easier to recognize opportunities for kindness throughout the day. Such opportunities abound at home, in the workplace, in the grocery store, and anywhere else we encounter people.”
So this week, take up the challenge to observe small acts of kindness in your daily life. Be still, reflect on them, and let them sink into your essence. Express appreciation for these kind deeds. Let them open your hearts and connect you to the goodness of all Beings. Allow that kindness to flow through you and manifest itself in kind acts you perform for others, especially others who may not have been kind to you. Let a kindness tsunami take form and wash over your community, your country, our world.
Remember what American-born writer, Henry James, said is key to an abundant life:
“Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind.”
Be kind. Be love. BE.