Thursday, September 04, 2014

Plant The Seeds Of Kindness

There are several things that are important to me with how I live my life.   Two of them are the practice of kindness and compassion.  Kindness is basically just being nice.  Why would anyone want to be a jerk?  Amazingly, some people seem to do it on purpose.  I strive to treat every person, regardless of who or what they are, with kindness.  I also strive to always be compassionate with everyone who crosses my path.  Empathy is having the ability to feel another person’s pain but compassion is having the desire to lesson that pain.  Kindness and compassion go hand in hand.  I believe that any success I’ve had in life, whether it’s receiving good service in a restaurant, or getting something accomplished at work, is basically due to me being kind.  It seems so much easier to be kind rather than to be a jerk.  In fact, now that I think about it, the only people I really don’t like are jerks.  I don’t care if you’re male or female, black or white, gay or straight, young or old, or whatever.  None of those things matter to me.  What does matter is how you act.  I like anyone who is a kind person.  In my own life I always try to be kind to everyone that crosses my path, whether it’s the tired waitress at Waffle House who has worked a twenty hour shift, or a co-worker who needs my help.  I try to spread kindness like Johnny Appleseed spread apple seeds.  Some of you may need to Google “Johnny Appleseed.”  Plant kindness wherever you go and it will spring up wherever you are.  Today I challenge everyone who reads these thoughts to practice kindness.  Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, with everyone you encounter, be kind.  As I’ve said many times, I believe in karma.  I truly believe that what you put into the world comes back to you.  Be kind and you will receive kindness.  Be compassionate and you will receive compassion.  I assume that most people want to be good people.  I assume most people want to be happy.  I assume most people want to minimize pain and suffering in their own lives and the lives of others.  A simple way to be good and happy is to be kind.  I am not na├»ve about life.  I know that sometimes our kindness is not appreciated.  There are jerks in the world who will cross our paths.  Be kind but don’t be weak.  Being kind doesn’t mean being a doormat.  In the end I think kindness wins and even if it’s not always appreciated, I will continue planting its seeds.  

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