“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu

 Lately with all the political furor and world calamities and social injustices it may seem to you, as it does to me, that kindness is hard to come by. Yet on a daily basis when I take a deep breath and turn away from the ugliness that is pounding at the door of my heart I feel deeply the kindness and love all around me.   When I feel that, I can be kind without hesitation!

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

So imagine, that after working a 12-hour overnight shift and I’m just beginning to be awake in mid-afternoon, in comes my granddaughter with a beautiful pink tulip. This is how kindness is in our lives. When we least expect it someone does something spontaneous and kind and our whole day becomes brighter and filled with love. Imagine the wonderful feeling you can have if you are the one carrying the flower and you brighten someone’s day with your spontaneous and kind presence.

“It is an absolute human certainty
that no one can know his own beauty
or perceive a sense of his own worth
until it has been reflected back to him
in the mirror of another loving,
caring human being.”
― John Joseph PowellThe Secret of Staying in Love

This. The ability we all have to know our own beauty, perceive our own worth and see reflected back to us by other loving and caring human beings when we practice intentional kindness is the ultimate in living as being human. Being kind becomes its own reward. The joy and growth and well-being we generate for ourselves through being kind to others is immeasurable.

“The simplest acts of kindness
are by far more powerful than
a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

So here is a challenge for you. Practice intentionally being kind to another human being, then share with us all how you felt afterward.  I’m looking forward to your comments!