"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
~  Mark Twain.

At times it seems that old fashioned kindness has completely  
disappeared from our surroundings and has been replaced with rudeness,  
meanness and distrust of anyone who is not exactly like us.  If we  
could agree to get along and make a concerted effort to show kindness  
to others, we could make great strides toward our world being happier  
and more content.

Wikipedia defines kindness as "a behavior marked by ethical  
characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration  
for others.  It is considered a virtue, and is recognized as a value  
in many cultures and religions."

Words are powerful tools that can either help or cause harm to people.  
Frequently on the news are accounts of ordinary people performing  
extraordinary gestures to assist their neighbor, but the next story is  
invariably about people who with malice and forethought, do damage to  
completely innocent individuals.  In a world where you can be  
anything, choose to be kind.

"Kind words can be short and east to speak, but their echoes are truly  
endless."  ~Mother Teresa

My paternal great grandmother, Miss Lottie, did not think or speak  
unpleasant words about anyone.  In fact when others might mention  
something about a relative or neighbor that was disagreeable she  
paused for a moment and then softly said words such as she sure has  
pretty eyes or I understand she bakes amazing tasting cakes or maybe,  
Iím sure she is greatly loved by her parents.  I remember her as the  
kindest person I ever knew.

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,  
even as God for Christís sake hath forgiven you. "  Ephesians 4:32
Perhaps some unkind ways are a result of individuals now having a  
voice in social media and rather than make a statement that encourages  
another, they make inflammatory statements that are intended to cause  
damage.  I heard long ago that you can never make yourself look better  
by casting unflattering words about another.

"I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good, therefore, that  
I can do; or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me  
do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this  
way again. " ~Mahatma Gandhi

Hoping for a kinder, gentler nation is probably just a dream but if  
only a few people agreed to be less aggressive in their statements and  
decided not to repeat or share the unkind statements then it is a step  
forward rather than backward.  Kindness is always in fashion.    Try  
your best to be nice to those who come into your path; not because you  
are weak but because you are strong.

"Kindness opens doors that rudeness can never unfasten."~Brenda S Brown
  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,  
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against  
such things there is no law. "  Galatians 5:22-23



Brenda S. Brown 


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