Kindness—The Irresistible Fruit
Kindness is love in action, love translated into simple everyday terms. It’s being considerate of others. It’s living the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s turning a blind eye to the flubs and foibles of others. It’s being as tenderhearted and forgiving toward others as God is with you.
Kindness generates goodwill. Your kind words and kind deeds tell others that their happiness and well-being are important to you, and that makes them want to respond in like manner. Kindness is one of the hardest things to give away, because it’s nearly always returned. Kindness costs nothing, but can accomplish so much. A kind smile or a kind word can make all the difference in the world to someone who’s having a hard day. Kindness is a language that everyone understands.
By Rafael Holding
A Smile It needs so little sympathy To cheer a weary way, Sometimes a little kindness Lights up a dreary day; A very simple, friendly word May hope and strength impart, Or just an understanding smile Revive some fainting heart; And, like a sudden sunlit ray, Lighting a darkened room, A sunny spirit may beguile The deepest depths of gloom.
– Author Unknown