What is Kindness?

Margaret Ann Loveday – Monday, April 27, 2015

 ‘Is Kindness Over-rated?’  Was the question asked by Author Anita Kovacevic.

My answer was, ‘NO NEVER – There is never enough!’ 

In a world filled with tragedy, loneliness, heartbreak, stress, sadness, war, suffering, hunger, prejudice, injustice, greed, hatred and natural disasters; where ever there is a need, kindness will be required.

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Kindness can come in many ways,  lend a hand, cook a dinner, fix a fence, mow a lawn, write a letter of encouragement, give a gift, send a card, say a kind word, give a smile or a hug, hold a hand, give a kiss, show affection, these are acts of kindness. 


‘Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless’ Mother Teresa

We see kindness displayed all around us when disaster strikes. Great organisations are built on kindness, organisations like ‘Red Cross’ and the ‘Salvation Army’, they operate on a basis of kindness to give in time of need.

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During a recent storm, a man, risked his life to save two people, in a flash flood; another saved horses stranded in a flooded river, acts of kindness are endlessly displayed.

We see people working together and helping each other. Mother Teresa said, ‘If you can’t feed a hundred, feed one’.  Why do we watch on in time of disaster, or tragedy willing each other on, praying for each other, feeling that lump in the throat, the tears in our eyes, feeling another’s sadness?  Why do we feel moved to help?

Because kindness has its origin and very essence in love; and love, is the essential part of every human being … Love is an ever powerful force that knits the fabric of humanity together.

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                                         “All you need is Love” sang The Beatles. 

                                                  ‘Love is kind’ says the Bible.

Kindness is the fruit of ‘Pure Love’.  One small act of kindness towards another person, an animal and nature; can warm a heart, save a life, bring light in darkness, change a circumstance, make a difference, and change the course of history.  Giving kindness even gives to the giver, for as we spread kindness it warms our own heart and satisfies our longing to love.

 Kindness … No, it could never be overrated.

We cannot exist in this world without ‘Love’ and its fruit – kindness.  It is as important as air!  Is air over-rated?

By Margaret Ann Loveday – Author of ‘Emily’

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