Mon 27 Oct 2008
How often do you practice random acts of kindness? I know I shave my legs before going to the doctor, stop and allow pedestrians to cross in parking lots, avoid littering and will occasionally call a friend just to let them know they’re on my mind. But really, do these things have that much of an impact on others or does it just make me feel better? My new goal is to, at least once a week, practice a random act of kindness. One that will put a smile on someone’s face or make their day a little brighter. Chances are they will one day ‘pay it forward.’ I’m going to start today by paying a complete stranger a compliment, *click here for update*
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Compassion is an alternate perception.
Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and a madness of desire–oh, no–love is not that! It is goodness and honor and peace and pure living–yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest.
What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness.
What you deny to others will be denied to you, for the plain reason that you are always legislating for yourself; all your words and actions define the world you want to live in.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow – perhaps it all will.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
The best portions of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
3 things in human life are important. The 1st is to be kind. The 2nd is to be kind. & the 3rd is to be kind.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
A simple “hello”, a genuine smile, or compassionate glance, can all have such beautiful effects of which we’ll never really be aware.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
Mon 14 Jul 2008