That thing called Kindness

Friday, March 28, 2008 |

They say .. "Kindness is your inner smile" , is it ?? That maybe subjective, however that may still apply to most..

"Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume."
-- French Proverb

Virtue is an "old-fashioned" term that means moral excellence or goodness. A virtuous person possesses certain character traits, or values, that society considers worthy of admiration. Honesty, compassion, courage and kindness are some of the values that make us good in the eyes of others.

Like a flower with an pleasant scent, people who exhibit virtue in their daily lives attract admirers. They are respected by their friends and family, valued by their employer and embraced by their community. They make the world a better place. People who are beautiful on the outside may be pleasing to look at, but people with inner beauty leave a sweet fragrance in the lives of everyone they meet.

Of all the different values a person can possess, kindness is a special quality that generates tremendous power. It uplifts heavy hearts, brightens dark situations, heals hurt feelings. Hatred and anger are no match for the power of kindness. And perhaps best of all, every act of kindness gives you a warm glow in your heart that nothing else can match. You are best to yourself when you are good to others.

Being kind doesn't require much effort. In fact, the smallest acts of kindness often mean the most. Letting someone go ahead of you in line, writing a note to a discouraged friend, offering to do a simple chore for a family member - kindness is a gift of great value that costs you very little.

Kindness is an excellent measure of your how big your heart is as a person.

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

-- Ian MacLaren