Initially, I planned to share some insight on the meaning of “bless & blessed”. Basically, “bless” is an action, and “blessed” is a concept with many meanings that varies from person-to-person. As I began to prepare a talk about these two words, my heart sang out, and the word “kindness” ran to the front of the pack. Why? Because kindness IS the platform that “bless and blessed” operate upon.
Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are all words that associate with kindness. While the word “kindness” carries the notion that our kindness makes us weak, that is actually not the case. Being kind requires both courage and strength.
Each of us has heard a bit about the survival of the fittest and Darwin’s theories. Survival of the fittest is associated with selfishness, meaning that to survive (a basic instinct) means to look out for yourself. When Darwin was studying human evolution, he didn’t see mankind as being biologically competitive and self-interested. Darwin believes we are actually all a profound social and caring species.
One way to practice kindness is to open your eyes and actively engage in seeing what people need. Do you notice others that need a helping hand? A sense of community is deepened when people kindly help those in need. As an experiment, try keeping your eyes open to notice the folks who truly hurt deep inside.
A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load of groceries are all acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you are just a few forms of kindness.
The bottom line is this. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak kindly? Do you take good care of yourself?
None of us can complain about our circumstances if we don’t honor our own personal concepts of kindness. Do you?
Think about it.