The best portion of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
As I think back over the last month of my major health problems and my road to recovery I can’t help but realize how much I benefited from the kindness of so many of my caregivers. I think there was as much therapeutic benefit from the nurse who held my hand as there was from the large tube down my throat at the time. It seemed like everyone went out of their way to offer a smile, a word of encouragement, or an effort to make me as comfortable as possible.
I again benefited from the fact that kindness and caring crosses all boundaries, social, economic and ethnic. The cleaning people would stop by to see how I was doing and the servers at the rehab facility provided me special dishes to keep my appetite in check. The list goes on and on. The result was a spirit lifting experience during one of the most difficult times of my life. Just saying thank you and offering a week smile triggered fantastic responses.
Trust me kindness is infectious, practice it every day and you will reap great rewards. And oh by the way offer everyone a smile for we all need as many as we can get.
Here is an abridged copy of an article I found on the Inner Frontier web page that I like:
Simple, unassuming kindness toward the people and the life around us brings both immediate and lasting rewards. As with any thoroughly right action, acts of kindness bring a special satisfaction to us and a ray of light into the world. Kindness flows naturally from our hearts: we need only lift the veils that hide and block it.
First and foremost, our ordinary self-centeredness precludes true kindness. As long as we measure everything in life in terms of our own needs, wants, and antipathies, as long as we regard other people as objects like pieces of furniture, we leave no room for kindness. We may consider certain people undeserving of our kindness. But there is a profit in kindness, even for our self-interest, our true self-interest.
We can practice kindness in certain simple situations that do not call for deep wisdom. Courtesy is a common and underrated form of kindness, whether in holding a door for a stranger or in driving. Indeed, the practice of kindness while driving can prove a very fruitful field, because it arouses our resistance to giving way, to being magnanimous, to letting the other guy win even when he’s rude and greedy.
Work on kindness serves to purify and transform our hearts. The best kindness occurs when we serve another without reflecting that we are performing an act of kindness and without seeking or expecting gratitude in return.
Rightly conducted spiritual practice inevitably leads to the manifestation of more kindness. Outward kindness may even be considered as one measure of a person's spiritual station. Conversely, the practice of kindness, toward both friend and stranger, helps enormously in that most essential task of the spiritual path: the purification of heart and motivation. We remember to do this until the day arrives when kindness becomes our nature.
I think more kindness is needed as an antidote for today’s excess animosity and venom. Ray
We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
The kids tell us about love and marriage:
"If you want to be loved by somebody who isn't already in your family, it doesn't hurt to be beautiful." (Jeanne, 8)
"It isn't always just how you look. Look at me. I'm handsome like anything and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." (Gary, 7)
"Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." (Christine, 9)
"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I've been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." (Bobby, 8)
"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." (Regina, 10)
School teachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.
I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road.
The reason: Many deer were being hit by cars, and he no longer wanted them to cross there.
How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.
An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tight so that it would not blow off in the wind.
A gentleman approached her and said, "Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to be forward but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?"
"Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to hold onto this hat."
"But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!" said the gentleman in earnest.
The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!!!"
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
An old man limped into the doctor's office and said, "Doctor, my knee hurts so bad, I can hardly walk!"
The doctor slowly eyed him from head to toe, paused and then said, "Sir, how old are you?"
"I'm 98," the man announced proudly.
The doctor just sighed, and looked at him again. Finally he said, "Sir, I'm sorry. I mean, just look at you. You are almost one hundred years old, and you're complaining that your knee hurts? Well, what did you expect?"
The old man said, "Well, my other knee is 98 years old too, and it doesn't hurt!"
You can't have everything, where would you put it?
An FBI agent was talking to a bank teller after the bank had been robbed for the third time by the same bandit. "Did you notice anything special about the man?" he asked.
"Yes, he seems to be better dressed each time," the teller replied.
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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