July 18

Reflection

The most telling measure of the meaning of kindness in life is memories of unkindness in our own: scenes from a childhood marked by the bullying of others, lack of appreciation for our efforts, sharp words, feeling ignored. There are places in each of us that have been scarred by real or perceived unkindness. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Prayer

May I be sensitive to the feelings of others.

Action

Be aware of how your manner may be perceived by others. Make the effort to be respectful especially when you are busy or in a hurry.

Suggested Reading

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward

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

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Scott Adams

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
Jesse Jackson

Don’t be yourself — be someone a little nicer.
Mignon McLaughlin

 Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Samuel Johnson

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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