A Call To Kindness

I have been considering something for a few weeks now:  A decision to learn how to sow kindness and  grace more fully.

 

We are exposed to so much that is crass, angry, hateful, prejudiced and just plain rude; it is time to build more noble things up.

 

My goal is to be a lady in the true sense of the word:  Someone who honors others for who they are.

I want to create a place of hospitality, where people are safe and free to be real.

 

Believe it or not, that does not mean accomodating the same sort of violent, crude speech we have become accustomed to using and hearing.  Instead, it calls people to a higher level.

 

Being a sower of kindness  means having real backbone and strength of character.  Such a person  takes a stand when that which is negative, unkind or hurtful is being expressed.  it means refraining from gossip and complaining, even when everybody around you seems to be joining the fray.

 

To promote grace, kindness and love is to be a leader instead of a follower.

 

Here are a few quotes to inspire you:

 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

 

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
Confucius

 

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.
John Gerzema

 

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.
Caroline Kennedy

 

First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see.
Brene Brown

 

The true greatness of a person, in my view, is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

 

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

 

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Stephen Grellet

 

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.
Mother Teresa

 

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Barbara De Angelis

 

One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all – to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.
Ezra Taft Benson

 

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.
Charles Kuralt

 

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Amelia Barr

 

I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.
Brigitte Bardot

 

When I pontificate, it sounds so, you know, Oh, well, she’s preaching. I’m not preaching, but I think maybe I learned it from my animal friends. Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. I think that keeps you feeling young. I really do.
Betty White

 

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
Khalil Gibran

 

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
George Sand

 

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Sophocles

 

I, for one, am profoundly grateful to feel the hand of God at work in my life. But at the beginning and end of the day, when my default setting is to show kindness and love to others, I never regret it. And to me, that is what faith is all about.
Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

 

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.
Evelyn Underhill

 

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.
Tommy Lee Jones

 

It is still breathtaking to me to watch people bring love, preciousness and kindness to their inner world, allowing the light of God to shine through their eyes so that the beauty of their soul can come forth.
Debbie Ford

 

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