Contemplating Kindness

I should be more kind to others. Life would be much better if we were more kind to one another, but sadly kindness is a rare commodity. 

The lack of kindness has many causes. When we are hurt by the actions of others we often react in kind instead of reacting in kindness. Emotional scars accumulated over a lifetime can make it difficult to express kindness to ourselves let alone to others. We may fear the vulnerability kindness evokes. 

What if we just began each day with the intention to be kind in our encounters with others? A smile and thank you to the grumpy cashier at the coffee shop. A gentle wave to an aggressive, impatient fellow driver. A caring response to an upset partner or child. 

Easy to contemplate but difficult to practice.

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