July 24

Reflection

Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a great deal of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding and wisdom. Choose to be kind over being right and you will be right every time because kindness is a sign of strength.
The Interior Oracle

Prayer

Be kind and compassionate to one another.
Ephesians 4:2

Action

Do not tolerate rudeness and unkindness or accept it as the norm.  Do not support it in others. Recognize rudeness for what it is whether it be in political leaders, other persons, or members of your family. Determine not to accept it or participate in it. See it for what it is, the decline of respect for one another and the ruthless categorizing of persons to demean them.

Suggested Reading

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness, bad manners. lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.
Robert A. Heinlein

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

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
Eric Hoffer

Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.
Alexander the Great

No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.
Bryant McGill

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
George Sand

Do not be threatened by rude people because rudeness is a sign of insecurity.
Gift Gugu Mona

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
Dalai Lama

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

Rudeness luxuriates in the absence of self-respect
Eric Hoffer

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