Wednesday, April 13, 2016


This lovely piece was written by a friend in the UK and posted on another writing forum.  I thought it was so appropriate to the subject that I asked her permission to repost it here.

Soul food: Kindness

In catching up with some reading here this line from a film called Resting Place came to mind:
“Be kind. Nearly everyone is fighting some kind of battle…..and not always on a battlefield.”

While most days people win their battles, some days they lose them. The kindness, compassion, and love we give to others are often the weapons and armour which tip the balance in their favour.

When we are absorbed in our own battles we sometimes fail to make the most of our opportunities to be kind to those around us. We lose sight of the battles they too are fighting, and how our kindness can make all the difference to whether their battle that day is won or lost.

Kindness is rarely about grand gestures. It is often the simplest of acts which mean the most to others yet, because they are so simple, we often devalue them. They sometimes cost no more than a little of our time and some thoughtfulness, yet we rarely attach enough importance to them.

Like ripples on a pond those gestures can often spread, and what starts off as a single act of kindness to one person may radiate to many. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time?

No comments:

Post a Comment