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HOW DOES KINDNESS & DECENCY ENRICH OUR LIVES?
This harnesses the PEACEFUL WARRIOR I have been speaking so much about. It invokes a positive outlook and lifestyle. Not only is this the righteous thing to do it also serves as a law of attraction. I was a giver by nature; rarely thinking of myself and my happiness. Therefore understanding the law of attraction I am fulfilled with the concept of giving and receiving [as things should be] balanced.
“When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust.” — Raja Krishnamoorthi.This question led me to wander a bit. Grateful I found this quote and many others valuing kindness and decency… more to ponder in myself.
It’s basic respect for self and others. It’s what binds relationships, communities and society. When it isn’t there you can see it pretty starkly.
I cannot imagine life without kindness and decency. I am not sure how far I want to go down that road. Is not kindness and decency at the core of what makes life worth living?
Unconditional love, no power over others, no turning one’s back on them, the acceptance of humiliation, and so forth – to that extent the contrasting values of a life without gratitude become less and less heavy and humourless and troublesome, and more and more amenable and realistic and healthy. In a word, more natural.
Be the change !
Decency is surely missing from our society today. Politics have made our discourse raw and unfettered. It is important for me to counteract that by being a better listener rather than jumping on opinions that I disagree with.
Um… for one thing, it would have prevented the anxiety I felt yesterday when going to a quilt guild lunch party and having to face the possibility of meeting the quilter whom I treated unkindly a few years ago. I’ve apologized to her in an email and will doubtless meet her in person some time. I was late paying my dues and, when I went to the next meeting, I was no longer a member. I responded badly.
Light and Love are analogous, synonymous with each other
Daily Word to-day reads …
“The desire for light produces light.”
and it echos to
“the one who loves derives the benefit, not the one who is loved.”
Nah, Ed, the one who is loved derives benefit, too 🙂
The catch is Mica….are they reading for that Love?……..this is the fundamental principle among all the protesting and seeking to be “heard” on media / social networks etc etc / it is the calling out for OUTER attention/Love rather then giving full attention to their inner voices ….
to make the point in another approach……Quoting Daskalos in conversation with his daughter
“This is the point where many people make a huge mistake. They think that when others love them, they gain. No, we gain ONLY when WE love. If someone loves us and we cannot love that person on the same level, it is harmful because we cannot coordinate with this person and subconsciously we feel that we are in an inferior position. What is valuable, is to love. To be loved? Well, first see if we are worthy of that love. If someone loves us and we are not worthy of that love, we will become a *dissonance* in the Universes and in the Divine Logos .” [* dissonance* is, lack of harmony among musical notes ]
With these words, I realised Father meant that if someone loves us unconditionally, and we love this person egoistically, because of our behaviour we are not worthy of that love.”
An acute observation at the age of twelve
Philos love is new to me. Agape love is the other form of love I was familiar with. Thank you, Ed –
OK – I agree. There’s basically a perfect correlation between how I feel about being loved by someone and how I feel about that person, if that makes sense.
Ah – so I only derive the benefit of love from those whom I love deeply, such as my children. Perhaps that works. Thanks for your detailed answer, Ed
Yes1 Philos love ( better known as ‘Love of mother for its off spring ) is a Love with special qualities , and not to be confused with the more general “love in the realm of so-called “separation”, I was intending to refer to love in friendship and family ties , etc…..I am glad you pointed that out……Philos is very, very, special Love.
My personal life is greatly enriched by kindness and decency. If I take time to notice it in action around me, I can observe my internal change in satisfaction and “lightness.” Be it a smile, a door being held, or my children who spontaneously “do” for me, a pleasant “surprise” always feels good. I would love to get to a place where I notice it so often, that it no longer feels like a “surprise,” but a constant that I show and am shown by others. It helps us feel connected to other humans if even for a moment, and supported even in an inconspicuous way.
Kindness and deceny enriches our life through spreading love and happiness. If in the buddhist belief we are all the same being and part of conciousness then in reality we are just being nice to ourselves and helping ourselves when we help others. Plus it just feels good to be kind and decent. I dont think anyone has ever felt worse after doing a kind act. There is nothing but positivity.
Kindness gets a lot of publicity, whether it is practiced with that much fortitude I don’t know. But decency seems to get the short end of this partnership. But can one truly be kind without also being decent? Or vice versa? The partnership seems to come with life experience, age and wisdom, although probably not always all three. But I would say Both kindness and decency have to be “practiced” – just like any skill in order for them to become habit and second or first nature. All that is to say, both are needed desperately right now. Our communal lives need the richness of the partnership of kindness and decency in so many ways. It should be the root of our social and political system.
It spreads happiness 😊
These are some of the thresholds to the spiritual realm. Kindness and decency pierce the energetic membrane we can sometimes hide behind. They are essentially responses born of our spirit and resonate outwards, enlivening the spiritual qualities they touch. Our species apparently has this capability on a universal scale, and for some very blessed folk it is more accessible, and for others, pitiably, ignored. I had a spiritual teacher early on in my journey that explained it as taking a dive down below the surface. Like a swimmer who rather than do the breaststroke takes a deep breath and goes under the surface. It is quieter there. And the more one practices the longer and farther you can go before surfacing. I like to think that our cousins the aquatic mammals (Manatee, Porpoise, Dolphins and Whales) are onto something. A side benefit is that our breath becomes utterly conscious. So the enrichment comes in a way the present becomes more vivid.
Beautifully put, Howie. Thank you.
Kindness and Decency connect me to others; my life feels at peace and I sense that I am a positive part of the circle of life.
After all is said and done, You Are they…and they ARE You! All acts of Love ( Kindness, Decency, compassion etc etc ) …are, as the Ancient Mystics say it best, the …”polishing of the mirror”.
Be Well Be Present
Kindness and decency enrich our lives full circle. The givers benefit greatly as well as the receivers.
Kindness and decency enrich our lives by driving connection, compassion, and empathy.
Kindness expressed by us can be contagious and spread. If only more people would act this way, then we can overcome the negativity and evil which lurks. Kindness and decency also makes us feel good inside knowing that we’ve touched another’s life.
It helps us to feel connected to each other and valued.
Good always attracts and produces more good, which is always more enriching for us than the opposite. Kindness and decency are easy to practice, easy to accept, and they just make you feel good!
Kindness and decency enriches our lives by showing the positive in people. The news can be very draining with constant negativity. Thank god there is a good news network.
Thanks, Michele, for the Good News link! I’m delighted to read that Mexico has an agreement for getting some of the water from the Colorado River, among other Good News
You’re welcome Mica. I’m glad you found an article in there that spoke to you. I have to remember to pull up the site more often myself.
Great question today! I am not exactly sure just how kindness and decency enrich our lives, I’m just glad that it does! True Kindness and decency are gentle, understated, and is known and felt from a place within. It isn’t loud or boisterous, and it cannot be bought on Amazon and set on a mantle for viewing. Attempts to fake it usually are spotted and fail in short order.
Kevin, I was going to answer this but you expressed what I was feeling but could not find the words. Thank you. 🙌
the simple act of kindness and genuine act of decency saves lives. We may not know it but our simple actions can actually make a person genuinely and completely happy and feel hopeful about life. Kindness comes from the vibration of love, therefore it’s a powerful energy that creates and attracts miracles
There is always this ” feel good feeling” when someone is kind tot me. I love that feeling. It is one of the feelings that enriches my life.🤗
In every way!
May you experience the kindness and decency you so deserve in your new home.
Thank you, it’s already happening 🥰 It’s almost a week and so, so much better. Yay!
Dear Dusty Su,
I wish you good luck in your new home.
Xx from Christine 💞
Thanks dear one, much appreciated. So far, it’s fantastic. So greatful.
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