Published On: Wed, May 8th, 2013

Kindness One quality that makes a difference !

KindnessNo one would deny the fact that it is being kind that makes the difference in our lives. Being kind is being positive and it is the way of life. What is kindness? It is the manner in which we think, talk and act.

Kindness is very important to improve our relationships. Kindness in us makes us compassionate. It is not necessary that one should be kind by birth. This one quality or habit can be cultivated and nurtured by oneself.

If you focus on being kind for a month or so, would make you a kind person by the end of that period. How can you be kind? Simple, start doing something good for others every day. By doing so, you can feel profound change in your life. Best thing is that you will feel great about yourself and you will also experience people treating you better. Understand that emotions like happiness, joy and thankfulness are the result of being kind. The rest in the heart of a person who practices kindness this state of mind allows a person to see good in others and this world. This will also enable that person to wade through challenges he or she come across in the life and to respond to the cruelty witnessed and experienced and continuously restore the faith in humanity.

In short, it helps to maintain an optimistic attitude towards life and would be in a position to enjoy life as it is. It feels good to do something nice for someone and it feels good when someone does something kind for us. Either way it is a win-win situation. That is Kindness begets kindness. Let me share a story which I read a few years ago to make this clear.

One day a poor boy was selling clothing door to door to pay for his education. In the midst, he checked his pocket to realize that he had only a little money with him .It is so little that he can’t pay for his lunch. He was too hungry and decided to ask for some food at the next house he visited. He knocked the door.

A very young woman opened the door. Instead of asking a meal, he asked for a glass of water. Sensing the boy’s hunger, the young woman gave him a huge glass of milk. He was happy and slowly drank all of it. Then with a large smile on his face, he asked “how much do I owe you?’ she answered’, “my mother taught not to accept anything for doing a kindness to someone”. The boy replied,’ then thank you from the bottom of my heart”

Years later, the same woman who now very old was admitted to a hospital where Dr. Howard Kelly was called as a consultant. When he heard the name of her city, a memory burned brightly in his eyes.

In the room, he immediately recognized her….while returning to his room, he had already made up his mind to do the best for her.

Dr. Kelly paid special attention to her since then. After a long battle with the illness, the war was finally won.

The doctor instructed the administration to send the concerned bill to him for authorization. He took the bill and had a look at it. Then wrote something in the margin and send it to the lady. The lady reluctantly opened the envelope thinking how she is going to pay the huge bill. Something caught her attention. In the margin of that bill she read these words:-

‘Paid in full with a glass of milk”-Dr.Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy filled her eyes and her heart.She prayed,

“Thank you Lord for your love has crossed the hands and hearts of ‘man’”

I simply loved this story. Did you?

Let me quote Mark Twain here.

To the world you may be just one person

But to one person you might just be the world”

We often underestimate the power of touch, smile or a word which can transform a person.

A kind gesture from us would make a difference in one’s life. That’s why I like to say the magic for making others’ and ours’ lives beautiful and peaceful are nothing but Kindness.

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Kindness One quality that makes a difference !