“Treat people as if they were what they thought they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Goethe
Some people consider kindness to be the greatest of all the virtues. When I think of the word kindness I immediately think of someone who is charitable. There are many ways we can be charitable, but none as important as kindness. In my mind the words kindness and concern are synonymous.
Although, it is often the case, kindness should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. People who work at being pleasant and accommodating to the needs of those they come in contact with are not necessarily pushovers. They have learned to be respectful, using caution and being mindful when they encounter others.
Rarely, do we overhear a kind person being advised to mind his or her manners. Kind people always put themselves in the other person’s place. Their understanding of others is generally very profound. They are acutely perceptive about the mood and temperament of strangers and if at first, they are treated rudely, they take it under the chin, and guard against becoming defensive, unlike some individuals who believe in instant reciprocity.
Socially, kind people are better prepared for rejection, just because someone is rude, they never dismiss them outright. Since they are seldom self-depreciating, if they are mistreated they think flexibly and look at the incident another way by giving the social offender the benefit of the doubt.
Politeness is reflected in all of their conversations and social endeavors; they pride themselves on being unassuming and courteous. With only a few exceptions, persons who demonstrate kindness are usually low-key and strive to maintain social harmony and avoid the ill effects of conflict.
Kindness is a very important aspect of humanity; it speaks of generosity and compassion. A lack of kindness can bring untold unhappiness to people who are in a place we may not be aware of both mentally and physically, a dark place where they are very vulnerable to our responses to them.
While doing some research for additional links on this topic I came across a foundation whose mission it is to inspire people to do random acts of kindness http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ their focus is to encourage people to make kindness an everyday occurrence in their lives and in doings so, to make us all aware of its positive effects in our society.
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