“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
Jean Jacques Rousseau
One of the things I like about living a slower existence is it allows me to notice things that I have missed in the past. There is plenty of worthwhile things that too many of us over look as we are focused on our work or running from one task to another.
The brightest parts of my day are often noticing the kindness of others. It is the person who offers to let you go ahead of them in a checkout line and the young man who helps a stranger with a load of packages that appreciate. I also get pleasure out of listening to a customer thanking a wait staff member in a restaurant for good service. You get the idea. At a time when so many concentrate on finding fault it is refreshing to see so many folks who have made personal kindness a way of life. And the good news is that you and I can be just like them.
Here is a poem that lets us know that we too can make life a little brighter for those we meet along the way.
By Priscilla Leonard
Forget each kindness that you do
As soon as you have done it.
Forget the praise that falls to you
The moment you have won it.
Forget the slander that you hear
Before you can repeat it.
Forget each slight, each spite, each sheer
Wherever you may meet it.
Remember every kindness done
To you, whate’er its measure.
Remember praise by others won
And pass it on with pleasure.
Remember every promise made
And keep it to the letter.
Remember those who lend you aid
And be a grateful debtor.
Remember all the happiness
That comes your way in living.
Forget each worry and distress;
Be hopeful and forgiving.
Remember good, remember truth,
Remember Heaven’s above you,
And you will find, through age and youth,
True joys and hearts to love you.
“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”
Son: Dad, what is a weapon?
Father: Well, Son, that’s something you fight with.
Son: Is Mom your weapon?
I am in shape. Round’s a shape!
While a friend and I were visiting Annapolis, we noticed several students on their hands and knees assessing the courtyard with pencils and clipboards in hand. “What are they doing?” I asked our tour guide.
“Each year,” he replied with a grin, “The upperclassmen ask the freshmen how many bricks it took to finish this courtyard.”
“So what’s the answer?” my friend asked him when we were out of earshot of the freshmen.
The guide replied simply, “One.”
She said: As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing.
After mulling over my answers, she remarked, ‘My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them..’
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
A young honeymoon couple were touring southern Florida and happened to stop at one of the rattlesnake farms along the road. After seeing the sights, they engaged in small talk with the man that handled the snakes. “Gosh!” exclaimed the new bride. “You certainly have a dangerous job. Don’t you ever get bitten by the snakes?”
“Yes, on rare occasions,” answered the handler.
“Well,” she continued, “just what do you do when you’re bitten by a snake?”
“I always carry a razor-sharp knife in my pocket, and as soon as I am bitten, I make deep criss-cross marks across the fang entry and then suck the poison from the wound.”
“What, uh…what would happen if you were to accidentally sit on a rattler?” persisted the woman.
“Ma’am,” answered the snake handler, “that will be the day I learn who my real friends are.”
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
The teacher of the earth science class was lecturing on map reading. After explaining about latitude, longitude, degrees and minutes the teacher asked, “Suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degrees, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude . . . ?”
After a confused silence, a voice volunteered, “I guess you’d be eating alone.”
“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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