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“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

Albert Schweitzer

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As I have watched events over the recent past I have been dismayed by the amount of cruelty that is reported every day. That coupled with what seems to be a large number of people who treat others with a total lack of civility is tragic. I honestly feel that those that exhibit these behaviors lack the happiness found by the truly kind.

If I had a magic wand I would use it to spread the kindness bug everywhere I went. It is sad that so many seem to miss the warmth that comes as a result of human kindness. It seems like too many folks focus on what is wrong with others to prove themselves that they are better than the rest of us but all they do is alienate possible friends and end up lacking the joy that the kind experience.

Here are excerpts from an article written by Henrik Edberg for those that would like to receive the benefits of being kind.

Simple Ways to Spread Kindness in Your World Starting Today

Kindness is often a pretty simple thing to spread in the world. But we sometimes forget about it. Or don’t remember how it can help us all. Three things that I like to keep in mind and that help me to try to be a kinder person are these:

I get what I give. Yep, some people will be ungrateful, miserable and not reciprocating no matter what you may do. But most people will over time treat you as you treat them. By being kinder to others I am more likely to be kinder to myself. It may sound a bit odd but my experience is that when I am kinder towards others then my self-esteem goes up and I think more highly about myself.

It creates a happier place to live in. Being kinder simply makes my own little world a nicer and happier place to live in.

So how can you start spreading the kindness in your daily life? Here are simple ways to do it.

Express your gratitude.

Think about what you can be grateful for about someone in your life. Maybe that he is a good listener, that he often is quick to help out or that he always adds great songs to a Spotify playlist. Or simply that he held up the door for you. Then express that gratitude in a simple “thank you!” or in a sincere sentence or two.

Replace the judgments.

No one likes to be judged. And the more you judge other people the more you tend to judge yourself. So despite the temporary benefit of deriving pleasure from the judgments it is not a good or smart long-term habit. When you feel the urge to judge ask yourself: what is one kind thing I can think or do in this situation instead?

Replace the unconstructive criticism.

Try encouragement instead of excessive criticism. It helps people to both raise their self-esteem and to do a better job.

Remember the small acts of kindness too.

Let someone into your lane while driving. Let someone skip ahead of you in a line if he’s in a real hurry. Hold up the door for someone or ask if they need help when you see them standing around with a map and a confused look.

Remember the 3 reasons for kindness at the start of this article.

It will help you to be kinder even when you may not always feel much like it. If you like, write those reasons down on a piece of paper and put that note where you can see it every day.

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That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth

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At the Henry Street Hebrew School, Goldblatt, the new teacher, finished the day’s lesson. It was now time for the usual question period. “Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s somethin’ I can’t figger out.”

“What’s that Joey?” asked Goldblatt.

“Well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”

“Right.”

“An’ the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?”

“Er–right.”

“An’ the Children of Israel fought the ‘gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always getting in trouble somewhere, right?”

“Er, yes, you could say that,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”

“What I wanna know is this,” demanded Joey. “What wuz all the grown-ups doin”?

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Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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Son:  Dad, would you do my arithmetic for me?

Dad:  No, son, it wouldn’t be right.

Son:  Well, at least you could try.

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The trouble with current times is that the future is not what it used to be.

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This will make you believe that we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house, next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing two dollars.

Her mother said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account for her. When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.”

My goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”

The little girl replied, “I will if those jerks at Home Depot ever deliver the darned sheet rock!”

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The number of people watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your action.

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Tax Day, April 15, was looming when an elderly lady appeared at my desk at the IRS.  She said she required a thick stack of tax forms.

“Why so many?” I asked.

“My son is stationed overseas,” she said.  “He asked me to pick them up.”

“You shouldn’t have to do this,” I told her.  “It’s the base commander’s job to make sure the troops have the forms they need.”

“I know,” she replied.  “I’m the base commander’s mother.”

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Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

Dennis Prager

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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