Active Kindness

Kindness has been on my mind recently. I was introduced to a quote at the funeral of an older lady at my church when we lived in Pittsburgh that has stayed with me since she passed away over two years ago.


As I read this quotation for the first time on a card at her funeral, I was inspired because this lady truly lived this precept. She magnified this precept. I knew her for only a few months before she became ill and passed, and yet I have multiple memories of her kindness to me, individually. She was, and her memory still is a powerful example of showing kindness to all.

Last night my husband and I were asking the 36 questions to fall in love with anyone to each other. It was a fun date night, and many thought provoking questions were addressed, but question 12 really allowed me to put into words my recent feelings about kindness.

It asks, “If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?”

My answer?  I want to be more actively kind. I am not a mean person to those I interact with (hopefully they think so too), but I often excuse myself from sharing compliments or kinds words because I consider myself to be an introvert, and to be honest, that is a really lame excuse. I have also realized it takes some effort and restraint to hold back on any nice thing I am thinking, and maybe if I shared more kind words, I would actually find it is easier to let them go, than hold them in.

So that is my hope, today, tomorrow, forever. Active kindness. I know when I go about my day, and the cashier at the grocery store, or librarian, or neighbor goes just a bit out of their way to be actively kind to me, my day changes for the better. I hope I can do that for others.

“Do a deed of simple kindness; though its end you may not see, it may reach, like widening ripples, down a long eternity.”

-Joseph Norris

One thought on “Active Kindness

  1. Great words of advice! It made me think of Dad! Sometimes I get so perturbed when he is kind to others especially when it is people we don’t even know. It takes time. I have to wait. It is not necessary. Etc. talk about lame on my part! I need to be better at this as well and need to admire it in your father! Thanks for a good thought this morning! You make me want to be better too!


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