“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu
I have a friend who is a consummate giver. I love watching her give by doing little acts of kindness…seeing someone struggling with a door that she gladly holds open as many others walk on. Or giving up her space in line for an elderly gentleman, and letting into traffic that frazzled mom with a van load of kids. No judgement here as I have walked or driven on by as well in my own little world not noticing.
But it is in these small, almost mindless, acts of kindness that we spread love, and I know we can all use more of that. We never know what ripple effect our kindness can have. But I know when someone has shown me a kindness, I feel happy, grateful and it makes me realize I need to give a little more. No obligation just a pure, loving, wanting that permeates from within me that must be released or maybe unleashed on the world.
I love walking down the street and smiling at everyone. Even those who do not look my way. Maybe they will feel the love flowing to them. And it is amazing how much someone can be uplifted by that smile…that little simple kindness that uses so many of my 43 facial muscles. I usually get more smiles in return, but it is not why I do it. I am giving straight from my heart center letting it flow out…and boy does it make me beam inside like sunshine emanating from every pore…feeling warm and luscious almost like the rich chocolate oozing from the center of a flourless cake.
I found someone’s wallet once and made a point of finding out who they were, and drove it to their house. They wanted to give me a reward, but the reward for me was in giving them peace of mind. And do you know that I have lost things like credit cards and keys and somehow they are brought back to me. A bit of karma maybe riding that kindness wave.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ~Dalai Lama
Kindness is an important and often missing element in our world it seems these days. One that if practiced more, we might not have as much suffering, anger and hatred swirling about. I’m not saying it will all just go away magically, but I know there would be less angry people in a kinder world.
Doing something that makes me feel good, and given with heartfelt love and no obligation or strings attached. What a most precious genuine gift for the receiver and bliss for the giver (said with a bright, big, beaming smile of love to all)!
Special Note: The blossoms in the pictures here are elderberry blossoms. These lovely blossoms signify kindness. And produce a yummy berry (as seen below) I share with the birds in fall and winter.
The picture below is my gift to you this week. Please download it and use it to spread kindness.
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