This Week’s Quotation:
Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.
The Way of Kindness
Usually, when I am asked about the most important way of being, I feel it is to be kind.
I believe that kindness often includes outcomes like grace, caring, wisdom, understanding, concern, gentleness, charity, empathy, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, graciousness, tact, concern, patience, goodwill, and more.
We may never know how any word or act of kindness may simply help someone feel a little better or even be a life-saving event.
I am an early bird, and in the pre-dawn hours I often check out stories that come to me through e-mail subscriptions about human acts of kindness in the world. For example, stories about people who have found animals abandoned and saved their lives. And the people who, instead of having a teenage boy arrested for trying to steal junk food, hear his story and give him food and a job. I read about teachers who go out of their way to help a child who is isolated to be accepted by the other children in the class. And then there are the courageous people who see smoke or fire coming from a home and rush in to save a child or a family.
We don't all have to be out saving the lives of strangers and stray animals. Yet we can all contribute in small ways. What I love about the community where I live is that I frequently witness acts of generosity and kindness. There's someone to help with groceries or provide a ride to town. When a pet is missing or someone feels lonely or ill, they are not alone. It is lovely to witness kind words offered by another, just because that lights up another person's day.
Acts of kindness don't have a size—they are all important because they contribute to creating greater unity in our world.
Here's to Love and Light in all our lives as we walk the way of kindness.
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Kindness flows through your words. Beautifully presented. Thankyou Katie Grace.
Thanks much, Katie. Uranda’s favorite movie, LOST HORIZON featured a man who had to wait a long time to meet the spiritual leader of a sacred community. When he finally met the “High Lama”, it turned out that the whole key to spiritual elevation was two words “Be Kind” … THANKS for your reminder and your own elevation. WITH YOU, Tom C.
You’ve beautifully reminded us, Katie, that simple and unpretentious acts of kindness can often reveal love in the most powerfully personal ways. And, by the way, you are one of the kindest people I know!
Very nice. “We find deeper insight and nourishment in our own faith and from the expression of faith from others.” “…we can all contribute in small ways.” Kindness takes many forms and nourishes.