Reflections

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  1. Keisha

    Encouragement and motivation along with any other thing I can offer

    8 months ago
  2. Malag

    Listening, encouragement, humour, not necessarily all at the one time.

    8 months ago
  3. O.Christina

    Helping a friend delivering goods to another friend; calling someone who is in need for contact; sending a note of my heart to a dear one; say Hello or Good morning! to the stranger passing by and, if possible, greeting through eye contact also; watering the flowers already in March as there is so unusually dry ground in our garden; honor what others do by giving thanks.

    8 months ago
  4. Tak0yakii

    Actively listening with compassion.

    8 months ago
  5. Don Jones

    I don’t think kindness is relative – small or big. Any outpouring of kindness is a healing wellspring.

    8 months ago
  6. Kylee

    Having thoughtful conversations with someone! Acknowledging someone’s accomplishments, saying thank you, saying hello, and the easiest is to SMILE!

    8 months ago
  7. Charlie T

    Kindness is my goal every day.
    I loved reading the responses. This is such a good way to start my day. Thank you all for your words and amazing wisdom.

    8 months ago
  8. alara

    A smile because from my heart I acknowledge their presence.

    8 months ago
  9. Barb C

    I find myself thinking that kindness is never small. “Just” a smile might transform someone’s day. I can do things that aren’t a big lift and that don’t require elaborate plans and they can make all the difference for someone in that moment. I hold kindness as one of my core values and attributes thanks to my mom. She was always kind and taught us to think of others and to understand that we don’t know their stories and need to leave room for grace. I try to practice that always. I reread the emails I write for work before sending and think about how I would feel being on the receiving end and what assumptions I might be able to eliminate from my words to leave that room for another way of viewing the world.

    “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” -Dalai Lama

    8 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Came back to add a quotation from Maya Angelou: “Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”

      I wrote a blog post a while back on kindness (http://biketoworkbarb.blogspot.com/2018/01/kindness-matters.html) that I went to for the Dalai Lama quote I shared above. As I find new quotes I want to remember I add them to that as comments so if you share any here I’ll pick them up.

      8 months ago
  10. Michele

    simple things – a smile, holding doors, letting others get in/pass in the car, saying hellos/thank yous.

    8 months ago
  11. Mary Pat

    A smile, acknowledging them, and if they need a listening ear and I have the time, listening without offering advice.

    8 months ago
  12. Chester

    My full and complete presence.

    8 months ago
  13. Howie Geib

    Restraint seems to be the order of the day. Holding at bay my desire to add to a conversation, bearing small discomforts to ease the way for others, move aside so others can pass. All done not in the tiresome sigh of victimhood or martyr, but offered as a way of actually seeing them and honoring them. Basically respecting others right to be. My day goes smoother when I do this.

    8 months ago
  14. Maurice Frank

    To smile, and listen carefully without judging.

    8 months ago
  15. Laura

    Three kindnesses: listen, listen, listen.

    8 months ago
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