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Ponderings: On Kindness

Updated on August 30, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

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My Inspiration

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"
Author Unknown

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

Try Kindness

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...

When I wrote on the subject of Faith, I passed the baton to Theresa Davis, known better by her HubVille name of Faith Reaper.

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)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks dear shanmarie, lovely to see you here today. Hugs, Maria

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Always a pleasure to read some inspirational works here. Your musical inspiration included mwith the good words always makes me think of songs too.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      So true, Car51...good to see you here.

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      6 years ago

      kindness -- a wonderful virtue to think about during this Christmas season.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Genna, Thank you for your visit and hope that you are starting to feel better with each day...this season has gotten off to a chilly start for sure. Your words about Theresa and me are as lovely as you.

      Theresa, How cool that you stopped back! I love that you can see how so many in our community think of you as the kind, sweet and beautiful lady that I do...

      Wishing you both a peaceful weekend. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, look at all of these lovely words of kindness left here in all of the comments by such beautiful friends whose hearts are overflowing with kindness! Please know just how much each and every one of you add to the beauty of this world just by being yourselves.

      Genna, I hope you are feeling better soon!

      Hugs and much love to all,


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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Maria...

      My apologies for being late, but I've been sick with a horrible head cold that wouldn't let go. I loved this article; Faith is absolutely the perfect choice. You are also one of my beacons of kindness and understanding here, on HP. Sometimes, in life, these qualities are hard to hold onto when I observe or hear about the ugly things that humanity does to itself. Yet, then there are amazing acts of kindness, love and hope that keep restoring my faith, so to speak. Thank you, Maria and Theresa, for being you. Hugs. :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you, dear Theresa and I hope you know that means the world.

      Have a peaceful to class. Love you, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Please know I keep you in my thoughts and prayers daily, sweet friend.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Theresa,

      A prompt TY is on the way from Andy Jordan and his, what a smile maker you are after a day of routine medical tests... you are KIND no matter how busy you are or how much you juggle... I will enjoy reading your hubs 'when ever' they are published... as always.

      Love you, hugs and hoping you have a peaceful night, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      I appreciate your sweet email about not worrying about writing a hub on the "Good Word" of Kindness and your sharing of my hubs that I have already written on that very subject, which is one that is close to my heart.

      I am humbled by the lovely comments left here. I have several hubs in the works and will attempt to participate in some of the many great challenges here in HP Town as time permits. As you know, here, we have been a bit busy with corruption, which is certainly about as far away from kind as one can get, but justice will prevail either way, I pray.

      You, dear Maria, are the epitome of kindness in your entire being and actions in daily life.

      Love and hugs to you and all here,

      Theresa aka Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Gail, "When my own mother passed away, the director of the assisted living facility where Mom had lived for several years sent me a note saying that, 'Your mother is missed. She was always so kind to others.' I thought that was a lovely tribute to Mom." What a special note and what a beautiful legacy your Mother left...I can see that kindness is inherited, as you are one of the KINDEST women I know.

      Sha, I love your insights and agree, as usual! As much as I love Elvis, I believe this is my favorite song of his as well...

      Vicki, I'm so happy this brought a smile. My thoughts are with you, especially in these sad days of the aftermath.

      Mary, What a perfect quote...thank you so much for being so faithful to this series, your insights, and your votes. Glad you share my feelings about our FAITH...

      Martie, A million thanks for stopping by, especially as you are recouping from your time away. Your Mother is wise...that sounds like something that my Momma would have said as well...

      Love and hugs to you all, Maria

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Mar, you are most certainly an epitome of kindness, and so is our dear Faith. I consider myself extremely fortunate to know the two of you via the Internet. Faith is the most unselfish and true Christian; she never condemn, but loves unconditionally whoever crosses her path (online as well as off-line).

      My mother always said that nothing will fall off me when I am kind. To the contrary, I will gain love and respect. But I must add, throughout the years I have learned the hard way how to withhold kindness from two-legged parasites by simply being polite without getting involved.

      Excellent hub about kindness :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain - You've shown that here and throughout your hubs my friend. The story of the woman with the stone shows that in some way your kindness will always be returned.

      Anyone who doesn't know Faith should head over and read her wonderful hubs. She is truly an inspiration.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      6 years ago

      Dear Mareer,

      I loved this post, especially the paragraph "Try Kindness." I really believe in that. And your music is so nice, as always.

      You are a kind and wonderful friend, and always appreciated.

      Thank you for your kind wishes to us here in Canada today, the day of a very sad funeral.

      Love, Vicki

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Mar, you're so right. Kindness is the least attribute we should offer. It's also one of the most powerful, yet so easy to give. I love the story of the woman and the stone. It's something to remember, for sure.

      Your song choices are beautiful, as always. In the Ghetto is one of my favorite Elvis songs.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      My Dear Maria,

      Thank you for starting my day with a healthy dose of kindness! I loved everything about this hub, including your stories, your recognition of Theresa Davis, who embodies kindness, the quotes (especially from Mother Teresa) and the music.

      When my own mother passed away, the director of the assisted living facility where Mom had lived for several years sent me a note saying that, "Your mother is missed. She was always so kind to others." I thought that was a lovely tribute to Mom.

      You, my dear friend, also embody kindness in your professional and personal life. I so admire the way you "walk your talk."

      May you have a blessed and beautiful day during this glorious Indian Summer weather.

      Hugs & Love,


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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good morning, Theresa, "KINDNESS is contagious, I believe." What a wonderful way to describe what you do with your every action. Glad you like Glen Campbell as much as me - yes, this song seemed perfect.

      brakel2 - Thanks for stopping by with such a lovely comment. I'm thinking many of us feel the same way about our Faith!

      Wishing you both a peaceful day. Love and hugs, Maria


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      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Maria. Kindness is a word I love, and the way I live my life. You chose to write about it and give remarkable examples. Your presentation on Faith touched my heart, as she is kind and has any other attributes we choose to give her.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      YOU are a beautiful example of one who shows kindness to all in her path in this life. I am so grateful to know and love you. I loved your story here about the wise woman and kindness. We can all learn much from that story. You are so kind to include me in this lovely hub on the "Good Word" of kindness. I am humbled. The first song that came to my mind when I saw this week's Good Word is Kindness was Glen Campbell's "Try a Little Kindness" .... perfect choice!

      I have found that HP Town or Hubville as you like to call it, to be overflowing with wonderfully kind persons. I appreciate all the kind comments left too.

      Kindness is contagious, I believe.


      Love you,


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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, are faithful to this series and much appreciated.

      Ruby, I thought of you when I selected this perfect Elvis tune. Mom loved Glen Campbell and would be sad to hear about him now...still a classic, forever in my mind.

      Mike, You are so KIND in your remarks and I thank you...I agree that Theresa was the perfect friend to dedicate this hub to.

      Wishing you all a peace as I head out to class for the evening...Love and hugs, Maria

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      "Kindness: Project Good Words Musical Challenge" Talk about a road built especially for the knowledged obtained from the journey of marcoujor. What a nice job you have done here. And accompanied by light bouncy music! And I see you have given Ruby the gift of Elvis this morning. And Theresa with that bright smile shows kindness wherever she goes.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Of course I'm listening to my man Elvis! This is another beautiful hub on kindness and you've selected the perfect one to carry on. Theresa is warm and kind. I've only known her for a short time and I have never seen an unkind word from all her comments. Now I'm listening to Glen Cambell. Did you know he has Alzheimer, he's in the last stage, unable to speak. I love all the quotes, esp. Mother Teresa, if we all would practice her teachings there would be no hate in the world. Thank you Mar. Sharing on Twitter.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Once again, you are "right on!" Prefect words, goes, songs and who more apt to pass the baton to then Theresa! Great job! I am enjoying the music as I write this! Have a beautiful week!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good morning, Bill,

      I am thrilled to read your comment and will be on the lookout for your post tomorrow when I get in from class. It sounds beautiful and I will be sure and link to my post on HOPE as well. Enjoy your day. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful way to begin my day. I'll have you know that I am adding my character Hope to one of your musical challenges...aptly named "The Song of Hope," coming out tomorrow. Thanks to you and Jo for the inspiration.




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