#Kindness Grooves

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

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13 Responses to #Kindness Grooves

  1. gmccjosinski says:

    Beautiful pictures….kindness

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Still relevant and good reminder to us all to be kind. Thanks for a good Sunday morning read at my end😁👍💝

    • Virginia says:

      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 😷💐🤗💐😷

  3. Debbie says:

    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!

    • Virginia says:

      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! 📚🧐📚

  4. darylmadden says:

    Kind

    Here are some thoughts
    That come to mind
    What is the meaning
    For us to be kind?

    For “kin” and “kindred”
    Connote family
    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

    • Virginia says:

      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! 💐🤗💐🙏☀️💐

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