I’m a colleague of Nan’s. And, I often post on Current Musings about work, life and the intersection of the two. Like many people the past few weeks seem full of unanswerable questions, confusion and sadness. In my search for some perspective, I typed – kindness – into google. Here are several of my findings:
According to Merriam Webster, kindness is defined as having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others.
A refrain in a popular song, Hands by Jewel – “In the end only kindness matters, In the end only kindness matters.”
And, several insights from experts and thought leaders:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
“No matter how hard the past,
you can always begin again.” – Buddha
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Gandhi
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
“Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today it is needed to say new things. – Rumi
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lives of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope … and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can seep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert Kennedy
As I start to slow the swirl of questions in my mind and begin to focus on these ideas and thoughts, I’m thinking: What can I start doing tomorrow? What should I stop doing? What changes do I need to make in my small part of the world?
What is your WORD? I’d love for you to share yours here?