April 10, 2019
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The one attribute I appreciate the most in people is their inhearent kindness, It is especially welcome trait in our close knit community.
It is amazing how much good a helping hand does for both the helped and the helper, A friend the other day reminded me that we can’t help everyone but we can always be kind to someone.
I have excerpted some points from an article written by Elisha and Stephanie Goldstein that provides tips for those who want to practice more kindness,
Survival of the Kindest
Without compassion we wouldn’t survive. Yet it’s not always easy to bring compassion into daily life. Learn to strengthen your empathy muscle with these tips and insights.
- See Beneath the Rough Exterior – When someone acts unpleasantly or is just generally difficult, it’s hard to feel compassion for them. But there’s almost always a reason for such behavior. If we can pause and try to recognize this, our heart can soften and create an opening for the possibility of greater connection and healing. Is there a “tough personality” in your life that you can try to see in a different light?
- Create Ripple Effects – Turns out, kindness and generosity are contagious.
- One Thing a Day – Look around and notice who in your life is having a difficult time and could use some support. Begin the practice of doing one thing each day for someone else.
- Try Understanding – So often our disconnection from one another stems from a lack of understanding. Yet striving to understand where a person is coming from naturally elicits feelings of compassion and connection.
- Practice Gratitude – Most of us have been the recipient of kind and compassionate gestures at some point in our lives—an introduction that led to a new job; a compliment or kind word at just the right moment; an unexpected gift. Take a few moments to recall one of these experiences and see if you can tap into the gratitude you felt at the time, and maybe still do.
- Be Kind to Yourself – The next time you’re having a difficult moment, see if you can offer yourself some kindness. You might be surprised at how much it helps—and helps you to feel kinder toward others.
- Celebrate Imperfection – One of the most corrosive sources of self-criticism comes from believing we need to be “perfect.” If you make a mistake or aren’t perfect at something, lift your arms and yell “Hooray” or “Woo-hoo!” Taking a more playful approach to life is a great act of self-compassion, as it trains your brain to let go, learn from mistakes, and, simply, to begin again.
“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”
Harold S. Kushner
“Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something with which you’d like to have dinner with.”
“Women are like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache.”
Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.
The kid said:
My young brother asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth–that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally–but I didn’t want to upset him. –Age 10
“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.”
After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?”
“You’ll know on Valentine’s Day.” he said.
On Valentine’s Day, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it – to find a book entitled….
“The Meaning Of Dreams.”
I don’t want to express an opinion … I have friends in both places.
Mark Twain (asked what he thought about the existence of heaven or hell.
A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.
After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?”
“I give it to them,” replied the lawyer, “and then I send them a bill.”
The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.
I have learned that if you upset your wife she nags you. If you upset her even more you get the silent treatment. Don’t you think it’s worth the extra effort?
The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped, exhausted.
His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word.
“My, you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”
“It was terrible,” her husband said, “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.”
“Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin
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