Do You Believe Kindness Counts?
When was the last time somebody showed you kindness? I’m talking about the type of kindness that makes you stop short and draw breath. When it hits you afresh, you’re reminded that kindness is not just a nicety, but a necessity. For too many of us that happens all too rarely.
There are those who, having been hardened by hardship and pain reject kindness completely. Declaring it “weak” and “superficial” they deny it has any bearing on an important life. Kindness for them is pointless.
Yet, I can’t help wondering, “How deep can we bury our hurts?” Far from being weak, the power of kindness is a two-edged sword; exposing our distress as it soothes and heals.
There have been times in my life when a seemingly small act of kindness has unravelled me. Like a wound up clock spring, an unexpected kindness without strings released the pressure. By freeing my thinking I realized people do care and my burdens were not the priority I thought they were.
I wonder if you’ve been struggling with hardship and pressure lately, too? If so, then you will know a thing or two about how tight we become inside. All those duties, responsibilities, and difficulties of daily-life steamroll your feelings; preventing you from processing your thoughts. Becoming encompassed by commitments, projects, and rights to fight for leaves you feeling less human and more mechanical.
Naturally we long to escape. To take a much needed vacation, or do something (anything) releasing. Which is where the strength of kindness comes into its own.
Kindness takes your tension down. Being too busy with life’s struggles, a kindness can snap you back to a brighter reality. Such is the power of a few gently spoken words to uplift your soul, or tame the tension you didn’t realize you were feeling. Far from ephemeral, kindness is central. Experienced enough, the collected effects of kindness are like the holiday break you’re longing to take. Releasing, refreshing, and uplifting, kindness makes you feel alive.
So tell me. Have you experienced kindness lately? How did you feel receiving that kindness and how has it influenced your thinking?
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