Kindness Inspires Me...

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Kindness Inspires Me…

A wonderful December Challenge by Carol Williams is to share a quote that inspires us. It is a tough choice because there are many quotes, lines, and sayings that have always inspired me.

 

However what immediately came to my mind was this quote by the Dalai Lama.

 

Be kind whenever possible.

It is always possible.

 

be kind

 

Something I’ve always believed is that we all have choices.  We may not always like them but they are our choices nevertheless.

 

Being kind doesn’t mean being a pushover or letting others walk over us.  

It means recognizing and taking into consideration the feelings of others.

Choose kindness in how you treat others.

 

There are times when, as my husband likes to say, I can be as mean as a snake.  I will admit to that. But this quote is always in my mind.

Choose kindness.

 

And when I think about it, what’s to be gained by doing or saying hurtful things. Yes, there is a momentary feeling of gotcha. But is that who we want to be?

When we’re that person, we not only hurt someone else, but we put a dent in our own character.

 

The notion of being kind hit home with me today (December 5) as I listened to the service for President George H.W. Bush in Washington. Politics aside, he lived the kind of life that this quote speaks of.

 

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Susan Haughton
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Perfect quote although I just cannot imagine you being mean as a snake. ;-)

Dec 06, 2018 06:50 AM #11
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Kathy Streib, being kind isn't that difficult but makes a huge impact. Beautiful quote!  

Dec 06, 2018 07:32 AM #12
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thank you for the inspiration Kathy Streib and I love your example of George H. W. Bushes funeral and how it has been a healing moment in our nation. Unfortunately not everyone is persuaded by kindness (I posted about my most unpleasant experience with Obama Care this week) but I've found 99% of the time it works wonders and ends up paying many good words and deeds forward.

Dec 06, 2018 08:22 AM #13
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Kathy Streib
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Wayne Martin I try every day to live up to it.

I agree Sally K. & David L. Hanson We can all do better. 

Michael Jacobs we sometimes get caught up in the world around us and we have to take a step back and be who we want to be. 

Dec 06, 2018 08:48 AM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR A Texan in his heart!

Me too Barbara Todaro I loved how he shaved his head to do so in support of the son of one of his Secret Service staff. 

 

Dec 06, 2018 08:51 AM #15
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Donald Urschalitz it is a gift I would not turn down!

Gabe Sanders I find it hard to watch some of the news these days because of it. 

Sharon Lee working on it!! Hope you do as well. 

 

Dec 06, 2018 08:53 AM #16
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Joe Pryor I can accept many faults in people if they are kind. 

Brian England it is very easy to be kind to you!

Susan Haughton LOL it's rare but when I am then look out. It's usually when I'm upset with what someone has done to someone I care about. 

 

Dec 06, 2018 08:55 AM #17
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Beth Atalay I agree. I think that with a few exceptions, we all have it in us. 

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm Admittedly, there are times when I have to dig deep in the kindness well because it just doesn't want to come out. 

Dec 06, 2018 08:58 AM #18
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Kathy,

The Dalai Lama's quote has been a long time favorite of ours, and has been a guiding principle for the way we handle things.  And you are right, you don't have to be a pushover.  Sometime kindness can be expressed by removing one self from the action.  A

Dec 06, 2018 09:12 AM #19
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Kindness has its place almost 24 / 7 but so many people confuse directness with being mean. You can be kind and direct. Just because a person doesn't like the outcome of the words you have used, doesn't mean one can't be kind about it, and no reason for the other to be upset.

Dec 06, 2018 12:05 PM #20
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm very fond of the Dalai Lama and his teachings.  I was listening to something that Alan Simpson said during President George H.W. Bush's funeral yesterday.  He said, "Hatred corrodes the container it is held in."

Dec 06, 2018 02:07 PM #21
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Kathy the Dalai Lama is right, but I have to admit some people make it very tough to be kind to.

Dec 06, 2018 02:44 PM #22
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A good reminder. Let's spread more kindness during the holiday season.

Dec 06, 2018 05:11 PM #23
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Kindness is always inspiring for me, Kathy. I loved the Dalai Lama quote. 

Dec 06, 2018 06:12 PM #24
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Kathy

The Dalai Lama's quote is certainly one we should all embrace...always. Wonderful post for Carol's challenge, and such a pleasure to read and reflect on.

Jeff

Dec 06, 2018 08:42 PM #25
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Morning Kathy.

Goodness knows I've had those moments that I wish I could take back.  Now, my temper is in check, life is so much better.  Carol Williams this one says a lot

Dec 07, 2018 01:57 AM #26
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Hi Kathy,
Kindness is never wasted, is it? And, that brings to mind another Dalai Lama quote:  "If you think you're too small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito."   His entire religious philosophy was kindness.  We'd certainly all be well served to adopt that same philosophy.

Dec 07, 2018 07:25 AM #27
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ALWAYS choose kindness! I'm in total aggreement with the quote and yes, of course, we share the same philosophy, Kathy!

Happy Friday!

Dec 07, 2018 12:20 PM #28
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KINDNESS, always choose it! Enjoyed reading your post, it's so easy to be kind and just doing what is right.  This world would be so much better if everyone was to find someone to be kind to, each one reach one, we wouldn't have all the violence we have today.

Dec 08, 2018 08:19 AM #29
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I love the post. Thank you for sharing the quote. Kindness inspires me too and there are usually tears in my eyes when someone shows me kindness .

Dec 09, 2018 03:06 AM #30
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