be kind

I write about this often even though I sometimes fail at following my own advice. I was talking about this theme of kindness (and suffering) with a dear friend today, in a serious conversation that seemed to cover a lot of ground but circled around this idea that we can never know what others are suffering.

We’ve all heard a variation of the quote often attributed to Plato, that we should be kind because everyone is fighting their own hard battle. True enough. It reminded me of this video I saw some time ago:

I wonder what a little bit of civility would do for people. A smile. A gentle word.


The extraordinary act of making eye contact. I figure it can go a long way.


5 thoughts on “be kind

  1. So much on this theme, that takes so little time say “thank you” and “hello”. Pray for the person who cut you off in traffic. I will give a compliment – authentic – to a complete stranger. Some people will reject it and you’re right to others it could be the thing that carries them through. You can feel God’s love flowing when you open your heart.

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