On Being Kind . . .
If you are one of our faithful readers, then you know many of my blogs involve dialogue with the boys of my choir. Besides singing at a professional level . . . these boys are extremely bright, articulate and insightful about many subjects, albeit that they are only 9 to 13 years of age!
Recently, while having one of our ‘talks’, we ventured into the subject of kindness and being kind. I feel very strongly that we are not as kind to each other as we should be or could be anymore. Now of course, there are times that we all ‘are’ kind and times that we ‘are not’, but generally the boys and I agreed that our world is not a kind place these days.
People, the media, the political system and our world is just not full enough of kindness and kind individuals it seems.
Given this, I asked the boys to either create or find a statement that talked about kindness and being kind in a positive, meaningful way.
Below are their responses and about one-third of these were thought up by the boys:
Being kind is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Being kind means never looking down on anyone unless you are helping them to stand up.
Today, be kind to someone . . . it may be the only sunshine they see all day.
Don’t just be yourself . . . be someone kinder.
Never miss an opportunity to be kind to someone . . . even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.
Be kind to your enemies as it will confuse them greatly.
Don’t wait for people to be kind . . . show them how to be kind.
Be patient with the young, kind to the aged and helpful to the weak . . . because in your life you will be all of these.
Live your days being kind to someone even though they may never be able to repay you.
You can’t be kind too often or too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Real generosity is doing something kind for someone who will never find out.
Don’t let those who take advantage of you being kind stop you from being kind.
In a world full of people who aren’t kind . . . be someone who is.
A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a jet plane.
Practice random acts of kindness . . . and your music!
Sometimes you should be kind to others not because they are . . . but because you are.
When you are kind to others, it not only changes you . . . it changes them.
We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.
Being kind to others is a way of being kind to yourself.
Kindness is seeing the best in others when they can’t see it in themselves.
Being kind without expectations is the truest kind of kindness.
Be kind to unkind people . . . they need it the most.
One kind word can change someone’s entire day.
Be kind to people for no reason.
Being kind is giving . . . even when it seems like you have nothing to give.
Kindness can become its own motive . . . we are made kind by being kind.
Be kind whenever possible . . . and it is always possible.
Being kind to someone, only to look kind to others, defeats the purpose of being kind.
To be kind is a great lesson, and to teach others how to be kind is the greatest of lessons.
And then there was this one from one of our youngest boys, “You will have many regrets, but you will never regret being kind.”
. . . from the mouth of babes ~ !