Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Purposeful Kindness

It seems almost ridiculous that we have to be reminded to be kind.
But reminded we are by
November 13th being World Kindness Day.


Perhaps it should be World Kindess Week...
World Kindess Month...
or what if we were kind all year???

Wouldn't the world be a wonderful place?


kind 
adj. kind·erkind·est
1. Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
2. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: a kind word.
3. Humane; considerate: kind to animals.
4. Forbearing; tolerant: Our neighbor was very kind about the window we broke.
5. Generous; liberal: kind words of praise.
6. Agreeable; beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.

But sadly,
a reminder we all need every once-in-a-while.

We live in a world where kindess is an exception
and no longer a rule.
It seems much easier to be rude and thoughtless.

So tonight I go to sleep thinking kind thoughts
in hopes that tomorrow I am ready for a day
of purposeful kindness making a conscious effort
in being that which is defined as kind
to everyone I interact with for the whole day.

...

I will let you know how I make out.



34 comments:

Rose said...

I vote for all year, every year!

TexWisGirl said...

what a lovely post.

i have a sign at my computer desk that says 'be kind to yourself and to others'. there is so much we can do with kindness.

Our photos said...

What a lovely red chair photo!
Greetings, RW & SK

Betsy Adams said...

Yes it is sad that we have to be reminded to be KIND... It should come naturally...

I try to be kind all of the time --but I guess my 'mean' rears its ugly head at times... Dang it!!!!!

Have a great day, Catherine.
Hugs,
Betsy

Linens and Royals said...

We shouldn't need a special day to remind us but sadly we do. I hope I am as kind to people as I am to animals. XX

Ann said...

oh good world kindness day is a Wednesday which is probably my best day of the week. Should make it easier to be kind all day :)

Terri Buster said...

It is sad indeed that anyone needs a reminder to be kind. Nice shot- I could sit in that chair all day!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I will try my best to spread a little kindness today. Valerie

Carolynn Anctil said...

I didn't know it was an official day, today. I agree with you, think of the way the world would change to be a better place if it was World Kindness Year, every year. There's no reason why we can't make it so, each and every one of us.

Blessings,
Carolynn

S. Etole said...

May you be blessed in turn for the kindnesses you share.

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely post! I think it should be World Kindness Day Every day :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Yep, should be a given the whole year long. So much easier to be kind than to cause others grief. Hugs, Tammy

Vanessa Morgan said...

I didn't even know it was World Kindness Day yesterday.

Pantherka said...

It should be completely normal ... unfortunately :-(

Terra said...

You go girl. We all need a little nudge on being kind and I will look for opportunities today.

Sylvia said...

Sending my kind thoughts, Catherine !
Hugs,
Sylvia

It's me said...

Sending you kind words darling.....love for today...love always...Ria...x !

Susan said...

I think when I'm most unkind is toward myself and when I'm tired and feeling like my life sucks.

sharon said...

Happy World Kindness Day to you! We all need a little reminder once in a while! :)

Lisa Gordon said...

Indeed, imagine if we did not have to be reminded!
This is a wonderful post, Catherine, and something we should all be more mindful of not just today, but every day.

Brian said...

Kindness is purrfect and should be an every day thing!

Lin said...

Oh, I wish the world were more kind too!

It's funny--my daughter goes to a big fancy Jesuit college in Chicago and they are the biggest a-holes EVER! There isn't a nice person on the campus, I swear.

After one particularly bad encounter, I called someone "in charge" and met an even nastier person who backed up the original offender. I told him flat out that he should be ashamed of how nasty he was and would it kill him to just be KIND?? I was met with silence. Apparently "kind" isn't what they are about.

So sad.

We need a LOT more "kind" on this earth.

BeadedTail said...

We need to have kindness every day but at least there's one day to remind every one to do so.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
In my antique type tray there still is a round Holly Hobbie button that reads: A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way... All faded but I've kept it for some 40 years in there as it meant a lot to me than and still!
It is the best recipe there is for life on earth!
Hugs,
Mariette

Crafting Queen said...

Hope you managed get through your day of purposeful kindness. Must admit I don't feel very kind this morning so it will be hard work for me. Hugs to Banjo and hope he is well.

troutbirder said...

Wonderful thought indeed. Though I'm not too bashful to note our State motto or is it stereotype is called "Minnesota nice." :)

Bossy Betty said...

I had not known it was Kindness Day yesterday. Glad to say I think I was kind to all. I agree all days should be days of kindness.

Tamago said...

I agree world will be so wonderful if we all kind all year :-)

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

We are voting for world kindness year. Hope all is well in your world.

cats of wildcat woods

Michael Manning said...

So true, Catherine and beautifully expressed with optimism.

bobbybegood1 said...

I think kindness life more sums it up for me. Remember: Courageousness + Kindness = Integrity. Beautiful post!

Madge Bloom said...

I agree, a while back I needed assistance at a counter at Macy's at our local Mall, I asked a clerk in the adjacent department if she would be so kind as to ask for assistance for me. She did, but another clerk overhead me and came up and said, I was so kind, that most people are curt or some rude in their interactions... she gave me a coupon for a free facial and make over.. I never did but it was nice of her nonetheless..

Nancy Claeys said...

I made a little reminder to put in my sidebar much like you have -- to let other's know being kind is expected when they enter my world. :)

Jaime said...

I know this chair!!!
:)

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