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 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?
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!)
Virginia : )
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain