Ponderings: On Kindness
In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.
Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.
Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 13th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word kindness.
However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.
Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word kindness...
In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.— Graham Greene
Elvis Presley: In the Ghetto
Kindness Does Not Discriminate
Kindness is a word I hold near and dear...we all thrive and blossom with the slightest words, gestures of kindness from others.
From a smile to a show of concern, kindness does not have to cost a thing.
Each day is a new opportunity for us to impact someone else's life.
We have the power to smile, to listen and to support those who are hurting in a variety of ways.
We have the ability at any time to choose kindness.
That best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.— William Wordsworth
Glen Campbell: Try A Little Kindness
Kindness is From the Heart
I wanted to share one of my favorite stories on kindness:
"A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
"The Wise Woman's Stone"
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway...The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.— Mother Teresa
The Pretenders: I'll Stand By You
We all have the capability of teaching, sharing or supporting someone in need. It's up to us to decide where we want to make a difference.
There is no magic involved. Do something that is meaningful, as often as you possibly can.
Kindness is the very least we can do.
There's No One Like Faith Reaper
Speaking of Kindness...
In Faith Without Borders, Theresa wrote from the heart on a subject that she lives and practices daily through her deeds of kindness- to friends, family and anyone else who crosses her path.
If you don't yet know Theresa, you really need to take the time to check out her work. I have included some of her writing in the links below to give an idea of the kindness that is a natural part of her faith-based life.
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength." (Ralph Sockman)
Faith is one of the strongest and most gentle women I know. Thank you, dear friend, for your example and inspiration.
Thoughts and prayers continue to my friends in Canada as they heal from the recent terrorist attacks in Ottawa.
Until next week, take good care of yourself and be kind to each other. Hugs, mar
© Maria Jordan (October, 2014)
Written by Faith Reaper
- How to Reach out to the Downtrodden and Give a Little Hope in a Lost World
What can one person do? We can all do something. My personal story about serving in a personal ministry to the homeless or downtrodden around the building in which I work downtown in the city.
- How You Can Be a Hero by Simply Making a Choice
I was inspired to write this article from a comment left on one of my hubs. When we are interacting with others each day, we have a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Loving the Least of These ~ A True Account
This is my true account of what happened one Saturday while serving in a Women's Prison Ministry.
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