Random Acts of Kindness Week starts today and ends February 15th! Are you with me? Are you willing to perform random acts of kindness this week?
“Much unkindness results from envy.”1 If we cannot find it within ourselves to be kind to others, it is because we are too worried about what we do not have. Perhaps it’s not enough money, clothes, food, etc. Thus, we are reluctant to give from our excess, let alone our need. If we possess the virtue of kindness then we are willing to share with others, even from our meager means. Take a look at this video. It demonstrates that to be kind, you also need to be compassionate; to give of yourself to another:
Hits you in the gut, doesn’t it? It really makes you think: “How kind would I be if asked the same questions of me as in the video?” Perform random acts of kindness this week for those in need. Show your compassion. Give of yourself.
What about when someone is unkind to you; downright cruel? Why should you embrace kindness toward the offender?” Kindness pardons, for it is magnanimous and releases the offender; it trusts and always allows life to begin anew.” 2 Being unforgiving binds you to the prison of hatred. Let go; rise above; forgive with kindness and shine the light of Christ for all to see.
One day, (a long time ago), I was spewing words of retribution about a cruel act performed against me, when a very good friend said to me, “Sometimes, it is better to be kind than to be right.” I have since heard this popular quote many times. Today I share it with you. Think about the cruelty expressed towards you and acknowledge that the offender is suffering; show compassion and respond with kindness, because, sometimes it actually is better to be kind than to be right.
What are some practical ways to practice the virtue of kindness? We’ll address the answer to this question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!
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- Guardini, Romano. Learning the Virtues That Lead You to God. Page 111. Manchester: Sophia Institute Press. 1987. Print