On Kindness

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Mark Twain

There is something about kindness. We all have within us the ability to be kind to others. And we can all choose in any given moment to show kindness to other people. We can even choose to show kindness to people who don’t quote unquote “deserve” it. I would argue that this is when kindness is at its most powerful. This is when our true potential shines through.

If we think about it, our most base animalistic instincts are those grounded in the fight or flight instinct – we either kill or we run. If that is true, then our most human instinct must necessarily be those of compassion, kindness and inclusiveness. This might seem like some serious hippie-Mumbo Jumbo in your ears and that’s okay. My point here is simply to rephrase what Seneca said more than 2000 years ago, namely that wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.

Another point I’m aiming to get across is the fact that kindness doesn’t have to be difficult – it can be as easy as a smile to a stranger, an outstretched hand to a person in need or simply making another person smile or laugh for no other purpose than just making that person smile or laugh,

Kindness is not complicated and it is not hard but we tend to forget to show kindness to our fellow men and women. And even if you want to view kindness from an exclusively selfish angle, keep in mind that being kind to others, makes you feel better as well.

So go out there and use every opportunity you can to be kind – it will work wonders for yourself and others.

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