Kindness Begins with a thought…
You are able to act kindly only once you think positively. It’s an expression of your thought! You can’t fake it. The idea becomes your words. If you can’t speak kind words, better to be silent. Bhagavad Gita Ch 17, verse 15 highlights on austerity of speech.
You can be kind to someone in the event that you already have a preconceived positive notion about that person or something but your kindness vanishes when you have a negative thought about exactly the exact same person or thing.
A mother’s love is the ultimate kindness.
If we are able to emulate that very same love to everyone around we’d be in an excellent world! Kindness is expressed in the exact same way whether it’s directed towards an infant, toddler, adult or a senior but we often choose to be different with various people based on our own prejudices.
Often times, it can be seen that one can be kind to one’s child but not to a neighbor’s kid. One could be kind to their loved ones, when one needs something from them but not when the family wants something from that one!
Kindness is assisting when needed with everything you can, when you can, even if it’s only a smile, hug or listening. Others might be able to express their kindness in other ways, that’s okay because it’s neither a competition nor a standard. Kindness doesn’t mean that you agree with others all the time. It means you agree to disagree, you consent to live & let live. People often confuse being fine with kindness.
It’s a like reputation and character. Reputation is others’ perception of you while character is who you are. Being nice is based on how people see you and being sort is how you see yourself. Only when you’re happy and contented you can express kindness. If you feel deficient in your life, that will be expressed too. .
Being kind could be construed as weakness and taken advantage of but a person of kindness forgives that too. Kindness is being gracious even in times of meanness.
More often the lack is felt than the presence.
Scott Adams said,’Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end’.
There are lots of folks who are less blessed with resources, health, both physical and psychological and family. First, we will need to count our blessings. Helen Keller quotes,’I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a guy with no legs’, just then you feel the empathy, compassion towards others and thankful for what you have!
There are several ways… Choose to add an additional coin whilst parking than required, someone can find the benefit. Drop the change for charity following shopping, fill in water in a big pot or lemonade in another pot outside the house for the unknown walkers on the street to quench their thirst, water the plants, feed the birds & animals, feed the hunger when you are out and when they approach you by getting a meal from a restaurant. Nothing that you do for others is insignificant.
Go ahead and do something good for others, what you can, once you can, with what you have, to bring a smile in that face. Do this with seniors, individuals in houses, terminally ill individuals, homeless and lonely people. You’ll make a huge difference in their life. They often want us to be silent and listen to them. Did you notice both of these words have the same letters?
Kindness begins in your home, be kind to your family members. You are where you are because of them. You parents, your siblings, relations, co-workers, subordinates and managers have contributed in one way or the other.
1 thing I learned from my mother is,’Learn to look into the positive aspects of each person in your life and remember them forever. If you encounter negative memories about others forget them immediately, only then kindness, compassion & benevolence will pour out’. She said,’Try not to judge anyone by their behaviour, people are inherently kind and compassionate but the challenges they have faced in their life, and on a particular day, makes them to be otherwise. You, by being kind, can make a big impact in their lives’.
We just have to de-clutter our mind so kindness reveals itself to everyone that crosses our path!!