“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love” — Lao Tzu
Unfortunately, we have a distinct lack of kindness in our societies.
People are rude to each other. They get angry at each other because of their driving skills and give them a rude gesture. They yell at people for doing their job wrong. Wars rage out at all times. They’re angry. It hurts us.
Because of this, it’s important to be kind. In all ways. Although Lao Tzu describes three kinds of kindness, there’s an infinite number of possibilities, all of which we can actively practice every day.
As Tzu says, Kindness in words creates confidence. This is true. Think about the last time you told someone you liked their outfit, or acknowledged them for a job well done (If you haven’t done this in a while, this is a sign to go out of your way to do that today). After we compliment someone, we smile and feel proud of ourselves for making that person happier. We might even feel like that person’s hero for a little while before we go about our day. This is a very pure form of confidence — we feel responsible for ourselves, and we understand what it is that we’re capable of.
Kindness in thinking, however, is a little bit different of a case. Kindness in thinking leads to knowledge that others can’t comprehend because they’re blocked by their anger and negativity with others. Kindness in thinking gives us the other hand because it keeps us from assuming the worst of people, which allows us to think and plan for it, but understand that realistically it won’t happen.
Lastly, kindness in giving creates love. Not just material objects either. You can give time and dedication towards something, spend time with others, share experiences with them, and help them remember that the world isn’t a bad place to be a part of. Giving your time, attention, and energy to helping someone improve creates love, and is possibly the best kind of gift you can give someone.
Be kind. It matters.
What do you do to be kind? Do you go out of your way to do just that? Or do you turn your head the other way and continue walking when you see someone in need of a friend? Why or why not? I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section. I would also greatly appreciate if you left a like, shared this post with your friends, and followed. It’s absolutely free, and you can always change your mind later if you decide to do so. Also, stay tuned for future blog posts every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and try to be the reason someone smiles today 🙂