Participating with a group to focus on kindness for a week is an exercise I have done before. I have practiced being kind and have formed various habits people call kind.
This week was about being kind on purpose. I have an incredible life. Kindness everywhere surrounds and supports me, some I had never been aware of before. I noticed what I call nice is different than kind. Kind is open, available and asks for nothing in return. Nice is a veneer, thin to thick, but always covering or hiding something. Nice has a funny way of keeping score too.
The history of ‘nice’ in English, French and Latin says nice comes from stupid, silly, simple, ignorant, and incapable! How nice we can be sometimes and not kind either.
Kind sources from natural, well disposed and genial. To a fly on the wall, nice and kind, may have no different appearance. Dogs however, know who is kind and who to avoid.
Looking for kindness this week I discovered it everywhere and in everything. I did not understand as an experience this Singer quote before now.
Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. – Isaac Bashevis Singer
Performing ‘random’ acts of kindness is a where to begin. Now it is time to drop the random.