Kindness. None of it is ever wasted. It all contributes to something that is so much greater than the sum of its whole. So much greater than who we are. We have every little opportunity to bestow a kindness. Certain circumstances sometimes rob us of an incentive to do so. When this happens, if I power past what feels like an obstacle — an I’m-not-feeling-this-in-the-least, it always feels very powerful. Like I nudged a benevolent particle in the Universe.
Being kind to people we love is easy. Being kind to those who irritate us or who create chaos in our lives is more challenging. When I make a conscious choice to act in favor of kindness, I am doing this for the Universe. For my daughters to have access to a kinder world. For my sisters, my brother, my friends. A conscious choice sets the ripples into broader universes. How cool is all this?
Random acts of kindness are lovely beyond amazing . . . but what about that intentional act of kindness when we aren’t really feeling it? This has immense power and reward within the doing. This is not to advocate for supporting negativity from a damaging relationship. Rather it is for those times when our soul whispers to us to let go of the battle in favor of some inner peace.
I don’t use the word edifying very often, but this is what kindness is. Merriam Webster defines the verb edify as a way to teach in such a way that someone’s mind or character is improved. What is one thing you can do today to help someone learn in such an amazing way that their mind or character is improved? I don’t know about you, but this really humbles me. What a responsibility it is to go forth into the world every day, knowing that we have the power to improve someone else’s “mind or character.”
Kindness. When I used to think of this word, I would think of synonyms such as gentleness, humility, quietude, peacefulness . . . but I am rearranging my perception of it. It is roars like a daisy and is powerful beyond measure with the amazing ability to transform and to improve another’s character. Wow! This inspires me to want to do my utmost to make a difference as I go into the day and act in terms of kindness.