Try a little Kindness

Yeah About That:

I know all of us are going through some weirdness lately, thanks to COVID-19. Shut-downs, schools on hiatus, jobs threatened, and some rather surreal scenes at grocery outlets. I will admit it: I’m worried and not a little scared. What helps is to remember we’re all vulnerable and WE NEED EACH OTHER. That in mind, a few reminders from Notta Louden and a some new ones.

Notta’s Collected Questions & Quotes* on Kindness

  1. For the beauty obsessed: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

  2. Is it better to be smart than kind? “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

  3. Why bother being kind when it seems the unkind are the ones getting ahead: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana

  4. Again: “True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity.” - Bo Bennett

  5. One more: “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” - Barbara De Angelis

  6. So what exactly IS kindness? “Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert

  7. So how do I practice kindness? “Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future." --Yehuda Berg#

  8. Sounds good, but what if somebody says it’s because religion says I have to and I’m not religious?: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” - Dalai Lama

General Thoughts:

  1. “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan

  2. “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Harold S. Kushner

  3. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

  4. And finally, from Notta’s favorite author (and pardon the “French”): “G-d damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – Kurt Vonnegut∞





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