Virginia is sharing another archived post (circa 14 July 2016) that’s still relevant today…
What does it mean to be kind?
“Kin” and “kindred” connote family. Kindred spirits are of like minds and hearts.
To be kind means to treat others like my kin, like family, with respect, care and compassion. To be and do something nice for them.
With all the divisive derogatory rhetoric going around our world today, we could use more acts of kindness.
A smile. A warm greeting. (Where I’m from, that’s a given.) A gesture of welcome.
A gift of flowers to brighten someone’s day…
A look in the eye that says, ‘Hey you, we may look different, but I value you – you are precious in God’s sight and precious to me.’
Lots of folks are scared these days: scared of each other, scared to reach out.
But we are all kin – whatever our hue – human kindred.
But sometimes human doings leave us undone. Looking around it might seem too big for one person to do anything that matters.
Big acts begin with small acts done all the time.
Small acts of kindness.
There are so many ways we can make small acts of kindness that benefit others. Not rushing to close elevator doors when others are coming but here’s an idea, holding them open?
Writing reviews can boost locally owned eateries
Returning from a recent trip I wrote many Trip Advisor reviews to help family owned eateries, businesses and hotels. It took a bit of time, but it’s an opportunity to spread a little kindness and recognize excellence. Local restaurants appreciate a good word, too. Taking 5 minutes to write a short review can make a difference.
After taking care of my mama, it has become a reflex to offer assistance when I see an elderly lady struggling with anything. It’s an honor to help because it’s like helping Mama.
I still have a ways to go (running late for appointments I’m the one who tends to zap the elevator doors closed.) But there are always opportunities if we’re on the lookout for them.
Try one on for size today: a small act of kindness (or big one, hey!)
grace, peace & kindness grooves
Virginia : )
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
Thank you Carol-Jo for all your many kindnesses over the years!!!! 💐🤗💐
Still relevant and good reminder to us all to be kind. Thanks for a good Sunday morning read at my end😁👍💝
Being kind seems like such a no-brainer, but perplexing now there’s such a lack in these challenging times. I mean, seriously, how can people dither over wearing a mask, the most basic kindness!!??!! Hugs GH 😷💐🤗💐😷
Agree. I find today’s people are less conscious of being socially responsible. Aloof and sadly self centred oft times. But so long as we do our part to continuously educate, hopefully these people will be influenced and kindness spreads😉❤
Great perspective, GH – focus on education and being kindness to engender kindness in others. (Although methinks some folks need a little common sense knocked in their heads!) 💜😷💜🤪💜
We can only try…one person at a time..haha😃👍💕
Leaving reviews — even short ones like “I liked it!” — on books we’ve read really helps authors, too. Thanks for some lovely suggestions, Virginia (especially the one about helping the elderly). If we’re lucky, we, too, will one day become old!
Debbie, thanks for that good reminder about book reviews. I’ve done bunches in the past, but not so much recently. It’s easy to get tangled up writing something “literary”, but short reviews matter, especially for ebooks! 📚🧐📚
Here are some thoughts
That come to mind
What is the meaning
For us to be kind?
For “kin” and “kindred”
Of like minds and heart
A kindred spirit, be
A smile, a greeting
Small acts to begin
To benefit others
For we are all kin
We may look different
But your value I see
You are precious to God
And your precious to me
Kindness is a language
Of which the blind can see
Of which the deaf can hear
Let’s share it, you and me
Daryl, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Sharing your inspiring poetry in this act of kindness blew my socks off (figuratively speaking.) You have such a gift! Can’t tell you how many mornings your poetry has lifted this redhead with spiritual umph for the day. Again, many thanks. Blessings! 💐🤗💐🙏☀️💐