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Just Kindness, Please
Whatever we praise, we can cause to flourish. We can choose, moment by moment, where to put our attention, emotion, and intention.
"Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble." ~ French proverb
"Our visions begin with our desires." -Audre Lorde.-
"Comic vision often leads to serious solutions," - humorist, Malcolm L. Kushner.
"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito," -Michelle Walker.-
"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines," -Charles Kuralt -
"Keep what is worth keeping. And with the breath of kindness blow the rest away," -Dinah Mulock Craik. -
Life contains few absolutes, and one of those few is that kindness usually cultivates connection, something we yearn for in a time-pressed,
ear-to-the- cell-phone, relationship-diminished culture. After all, the heart can be our strongest muscle if we exercise it regularly. Yet being
kind is not a guarantee of safety from hurt — nothing offers that failsafe comfort.
"Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination.
There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships,"
-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison -
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of
giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares,"
"With a sweet tongue of kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair." -Persian proverb-
"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate,"
"He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and
he who plants kindness gathers love,"
-the Greek religious leader, Saint Basil.-
Kindness is often unspoken. "An eye can threaten like a loaded and leveled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy,"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.-
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.-
"You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you won or lost, sorry so much was spent. But as
you go through life, you'll find -- you're never sorry you were kind,"
"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom,"
-Theodore Isaac Rubin-
"Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness and small obligations
win and preserve the heart,
"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop
that makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over," once wrote the
-Scottish lawyer and biographer, James Boswell.-
"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because
of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness,"
From an artist's perspective, The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
-ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov-
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