Kindness – Living the Ideal

Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well. This can change the world.

Kindness is an ideal that is easily accessible to all of us. We all know that a small kindness can make our journeys lighter and more enjoyable. Even bringing an instance of kindness to mind can put a smile on your face days or weeks later or perhaps even inspire you to share kindness with another. Though it may seem simple to the point of insignificance, many cultures throughout the world and history have recognized kindness as a powerful virtue. It may be the simplest way to experience and share all the grandest ideals of humanity. We can make the choice to act from the best place within ourselves at any time, while simultaneously recognizing the highest potential in another with the smallest of acts, nourishing the seed of hope in each soul we encounter. In a way, kindness acts as the oil that makes the engine of our world move more smoothly and with less friction. We can still get where we are going but the ride is more pleasant, and those around us can share in the ideal world that we help to create. We are all fortunate that kindness is limitless in its supply and available to everyone. When we act in ways that confirm our ideals, we make the ideal our reality. Then, instead of affirming the experience of struggle and competition, we can shift our experience to the reality of ease and pleasurable camaraderie with the fellow citizens of the world. Whether giving way to someone in traffic or letting someone go ahead of us in line, donating money or sharing our homes in a crisis, we actively create a universe of kindness and giving with every choice we make. The smallest gesture can bring a smile to light the shadow of an unpleasant situation or remove tension from a difficult task, but it’s effects can echo and extend far beyond the moment. We can be sure that we will receive a kindness in return, but giving is its own reward. Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well, giving us all a glimpse of the glow that has the power to enlighten our world.

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3 thoughts on “Kindness – Living the Ideal

  1. kenny2dogs

    it’s nice to be nice… Someone once said that “kindness is the greatest wisdom” But “kindness” is not the reason why man has arrived at this stage in evolution. Quite the opposite one would have thought. Sad to say !!!

  2. Natalia

    Indeed, the act of giving of the self can enrich the life of the giver and of the reciever. The question is, does respect for other’s needs and kindness come under the same remit? Another issue is how far can we extend freedom of speech without the need to censure, when it jars with our own train of thought.
    “He who knows others is wise; He who know himself is enlightened.” Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

  3. andro51

    A very optimistic and equally positive addition to your blogging, I find this a very nice read that reminds one of sharing the simplest of gifts, kindness, thoughtfulness and humanity are all fine attributes… Have a warm and enlightened start to your week Kate, your writing helps to generate a very pleasant ambient glow… be well my new friend… Androgoth Xx


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