I like words. My second favourite one, right after “love”, is “kindness”. I’m sometimes moved to tears when one person gives of themselves to another.
Reporters were gathered around The Dalai Lama. One of them asked “Sir, how would you describe your religion?” The world’s most visible Buddhist smiled and simply said “My religion is kindness.” Four words that say so much.
I’ve often written about moments of kindness. Today I yield to the intelligence and open hearts of many other folks. I hope you let their thoughts flow into you.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world
For indeed, that’s all who ever have
What is true power?
The simple act of caring is heroic
Who are true heroes?
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted
How about picking up an eraser that a classmate has dropped?
When I was young, I admired clever people
Now that I am old, I admire kind people
Abraham Joshua Heschel
I’m good at using words in unusual ways
Putting my arm around someone’s shoulder is far better
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind
What, no cunning intellect, no dashing good looks?
No … neither of those
I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance
Pablo was an astonishing cellist
He also knew a thing or two about life
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle
And if what if that’s true?
How would that change my speaking and doing and being?
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Will this be the last time I’m with this human being?
Be kind whenever possible
It is always possible
The Dalai Lama
Even when someone is being mean to me?
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better
Maybe everybody is like me … down deep
Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness
Let’s laugh together
Let’s not laugh at together
Never be so busy as not to think of others
It might be the worst four-letter word
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up
The physical heart and the spiritual heart … companions
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around
Just say hi
That best portion of a man’s life:
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love
Even if the person forgets that you did it
Or even if they didn’t know it was you