The greatest gift you can give someone is your kindness, because it makes someone feel right at home even when they’re not.
CAROL RIFKA BRUNT
How do you choose to exemplify kindness?
Kindness is such a broad category, demonstrated through countless overtures. To presume to qualify kindness is to immediately categorize every form of courtesy and genuine act of compassion, empathy, friendship, across the entire spectrum of ways that these and other kindnesses are manifested.
Have you ever been traveling in an area in which you do not speak the language and you are reliant on a stranger for directions, guidance, rules, and resources?
In those moments, we find ourselves at the mercy of a third-party, who may opt to go out of their way to help us, or turn a blind eye, and leave us to our own confused resources.
The opportunity to demonstrate kindness is a divine right that is given to all of us in our arsenal of tools, from which to navigate our place in society. We are all the more enriched in our own personal growth and fortitude, by extending of ourselves on behalf of others… for no other reason than they need the kindness, and we have it to offer.
What is it specifically about kindness that is so universal in language and understanding? Is it the notion that another party is willing to be gracious and help us through whatever it is that we are working through? Do we sense something deeper in the other party that is being communicated? Is there a mutual respect system that is being generated through these very simple overtures?
Somewhere in the dynamic of the kindness experience lies a much deeper, much less clearly defined component that all living creatures appear to be sensitive to.
In the act of a kindness being expressed, or demonstrated, many of the apprehensions of a strange third-party can be diminished, if not reduced entirely, through such a simple, benevolent action.
Is kindness, always altruistic? I don’t believe so. I believe that the generosity of character, soul, relationships, and other variables, deepens our own human experience, such that we continue to evolve into an ever more sentient being.
Watch how you feel the next time you go out of your way to be kind to a third-party…especially when that third-party is a stranger. You have opportunity to discover that in your own actions, you are releasing something deep within your own framework that is vibrant and a nutritious to our internal being.
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