Posts tagged ‘kindness’

May 1, 2016

Spring cleaning for the soul

Thought of the day, courtesy of 19th-century English novelist and poet Dinah M. Craik:

Keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

You can create so much more energy and space in your life — to both give and receive — if you gently let go of those pieces that no longer serve you, be they activities, commitments, relationships, perspectives or beliefs.

Life is meant to ebb and flow, to empty and fill, not to grasp and cling, dig in and hold on.

Fill your lungs full. Then let go, with love. ❤

March 6, 2014

We are all warriors worthy of compassion

Second thought of the day, courtesy of Scottish author and theologian Ian Maclaren (a.k.a. Reverend John Watson):

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

It may appear, on the outside, that the people around you have it all together, that the events of their lives flow along smoothly with nary a ripple to disturb the surface of their perfect and enviable outer calm. Not so. Everyone has issues, obstacles and challenges in their lives. Everyone.

Unless you walk in a person’s shoes, it is impossible to know exactly what hardships he or she is battling under the surface of his or her everyday facade: illness, job woes, difficult or abusive relationships, self-confidence issues, family problems, financial turmoil, etc. So be kind to the folks around you, whether they smile at you or snap. Like you, they are simply making their best effort to survive and thrive.

A little compassion goes a long way under such circumstances.

November 16, 2012

Let kindness be your guide

Today I happened upon a selection of quotes from the book Live Learn and Pass It On:  People Ages 5 to 95 Share What They’ve Discovered About Life, Love and Other Good Stuff by H. Jackson Browne Jr.

This “life lesson” from a 66-year-old jumped right out at me:

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.

A wonderful guidepost for life’s more delicate decisions, I’d say.