Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.

There are so many layers to this particular thought process, as to really permeate all strata of life.

At its most rudimentary level, kindness is so fundamental to every part of society. And yet, there are so many places where kindness is washed to the side of the road. 

It happens for countless reasons, not the least of which is lack of upbringing, envy, jealousy, judgmental tendencies, rushed schedules, inconvenience, greed, lack of funds, and more.

What if everyone were kind? Every person, every organization, every government, every corporation, every institution. Could we even imagine it? I am not talking about pretending to be kind with false intentions, but genuinely kind, down to the core.

Maybe this utopia I am speaking about comes off like some sort of Socialism bubble, and when taken to its absolute, it probably is. But continuing to speak in the abstract, the prospect of going through life knowing that every person you’re going to encounter is going to be genuine, pleasant, courteous, compassionate, empathetic, is truly a exciting prospect, is it not?

Kindness is conveyed in so many disparate ways, including the courtesy of doing something that might be altruistic just to be a gentle human being to another. It might be expressed through the simple act of a warm smile, a much-needed hug, an adorable text message, a heartfelt phone call, a surprise visit and so much more.

I enjoy the phrase, “kill them with kindness,” because of the complete oxymoronic nature of the concept. The ability to utilize this as a resource either plays out as the tool of a sociopath, or the methodology of an enlightened human being, depending upon whether the kindness is genuinely coming from the heart or whether it is just a ploy used to get whatever it is that the sociopath wants.

If you are an enlightened human being and you opt to kill somebody with kindness, you can melt almost any barrier by being genuine, heartfelt and real. People can easily sense this and it can be incredibly disarming when used intelligently. 

As you venture off into your weekend, I invite you to remember this discussion and ask yourself whether or not you might be willing to bestow a few people in your world with some random acts of kindness… Just because. 

Happy Friday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!