It is easy to agree that “Kindness is the new cool,” a saying attributed to Syed Balkhi, an award-winning online business entrepreneur. I suggest that kindness is the new black, because it goes very well with everything. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, make the world more meaningful. It blesses the one who is kind and lifts up and brings joy to the receiver. I don’t know about you, but growing up my parents taught me to speak when spoken to, to look people in the eye, and say, “Good morning”,”Please”, and “Thank you.” Now, we are in an unusual period in our societal history, where civility and kindness are no longer in style nor valued as they once were.
All of us know at least one person who can tense up or stop a conversation because they have no filter. I am talking about those of us who will say anything at any moment, without considering that our words might wound or hurt someone. Even though we all are children of the Lord God Almighty, we sometimes forget that kindness has great power to change minds and hearts. We do not need to let our ego lead us into conflict. One of our many gifts is to know how to keep the peace. Other people can sense that we have spent time with the Lord; that kindness is our second language and goodness is our calling card.
Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
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I can feel the heart-felt compassion in your words. Indeed, we have a God-given responsibility to see the humanity in others. Thank you for reminding us all of the power of love and kindness.