Today I bent the truth to be kind,
and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is
kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault
I have a friend who is the kindest person I have ever known. I have even heard someone else refer to him that way…I know, I am truly blessed! It feels so good to be in his company. He listens, he cares and he responds, always in kindness.
I want to be like this, I want to be a kind person. Kindness is gentle, compassionate, understanding and loving. Kindness doesn’t always have to ‘agree,’ but kindness must see deep into the other person, not just stop at surface words or actions. Kindness must look inside. Kindness is the language of heart to heart.
People can be caught off guard when they expect a ‘reaction’ and instead they are given a dose of kindness. Kindness is a diffuser, a healer, an invitation to love, both the other and yourself.
Kindness is soft but not malleable. Kindness is strong but not a bully. Kindness is a choice but not a mandate.
We need more kindness in our worlds. We need more friends like I have…today I choose to respond in kindness. And the kindness that I offer, merited or unmerited will in turn give me peace and allow me to crawl into my bed tonight with a smile and a grateful heart.
True words, Andie. And the beauty about kindness is that it’s really not difficult to do … it begins with a simple choice, as does so much of how we live our lives.
Ah, if only more people practiced kindness. How blessed you are to have a friend that shows kindness to you and others.
We do need more kindness in our world Andie. Well said.
so very true …
Beautiful post and your friend is a lucky man to have you acknowledge your gratitude.