January 20

Reflection

Kindness enhances generosity and balances and counters selfishness. It applies not just to relationships with other people but extends to animals, plants, and Earth. Kindness is not a quid pro quo endeavor. It gives freely without expecting anything in return. Few of us would describe ourselves as unkind, yet we have to admit that we often miss the mark on this.  Kindness is very susceptible to omission. Sometimes we are simply too self-absorbed to notice that we are not being kind. Yet, kindness can be a healing balm in everyday life.
Adapted from Spirituality and Practice

 

Prayer

May I treat all in the spirit of kindness.

Action

Try to be aware of the needs of others and respond with kindness. Practice what are considered common acts of courtesy. Treat animals and plants gently.

Suggested Reading

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil

 Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

 When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Aesop

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.
Josh Radnor

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

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
Maya Angelou

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
Author Unknown

 

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