This is an incredibly thoughtful and well written with well chosen quotes. A departure from Wendy’s usual Mindfulness Monday — but a wonderful version that is a personal essay on kindness.
“Three things in human life are important:
the first is to be kind;
the second is to be kind;
and the third is to be kind.”
~ Henry James
What does it mean to be kind? Often kindness is confused with compassion, but there is a difference. Kindness is simply being friendly to a person whether they are suffering of not. Compassion is reaching out to someone who is suffering.
When I read Toni Bernhard’s book, How to Wake Up, (and later an article she wrote about kindness) I was touched by what she calls “friendliness practice”.
She describes it like this, “As I turn the front doorknob to leave my house, I consciously resolve to maintain an attitude of friendliness toward all the strangers I see…If I’m waiting in line, I look at each person around me and silently say to each one: ‘May you enjoy…
View original post 677 more words