“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain
As Mark Twain so aptly infers, everyone comprehends when an act of kindness has been bestowed upon them, because they are outward signs of graciousness towards others. Acts of kindness produce good ripples; they can be contagious! Smile at someone and you put a smile on their face, which in turn puts a smile on someone else’s face. Hold a door open for someone and it alleviates their stress, which in turn puts them in a good mood, as they engage with others. Serve food in a soup kitchen and you help someone live for another day, which in turn helps them to move with God’s grace to be of assistance to someone else. Whatever the act of kindness, it evokes a positive response. Sometimes it’s gratitude (another virtue), and sometimes it leads to something even more wonderful.
About two years ago, a person from my church asked my husband and me if we wouldn’t mind transporting an elderly woman to and from church. We said that we would do it, thinking that it would be a nice act of kindness. I expected it to be nothing more than a transportation service, and I expected nothing in return. What surprised me was the gift that I received from God for my act of kindness; for a kindness expressed to a stranger, is a kindness expressed to God. He has blessed me with a wonderful friendship, filled with love. This woman has become a dear friend to me. I visit with her at her home. I love spending time with her. She tells the most wonderful stories from her life. That simple act of kindness two years ago has supremely enriched my life forever.
Why should you embrace the virtue of kindness? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of kindness. Don’t miss it!
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