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A Lifetime of Kindness

By Roy D. Follendore III

Copyright (c) 2001 by RDFollendoreIII

November 24, 2001

I put before you the concept of human kindness.  You who do not normally go out looking for kindness in a traffic jam.  You who don't  walk down the street looking for it and you sure can't walk up to your boss and ask for a kindness raise.   Kindness is not something that you can order from a store on the Internet. It is not something that human beings can instantly artificially manufacture on the spot.  It is provoked by conscience thought.  It is spontaneous.  It is situational based. It is there when you least expect it, yet it is often missing when you want it most.  It is humbling though it enriches you.  Kindness occurs when you have just spent your last nickel for food, and it is what you will find with your family when you have breathed your last breath.  But kindness is also inclusion,  and it is forgiveness.  It is something that you can give to yourself as well as to others. It is a way of seeing past the marks that age and pain puts on a face.  Kindness is empathy, and it is an action that symbolizes acceptance of our common mortality.  It is uncovering the strangeness from a stranger.  Kindness is generating a level playing field, and it is giving the benefit of the doubt. It is acceptance of good intentions.  It can exist as a telephone call, a coin or a smile at just the right moment.  It can be acceptance, and it can even also be rejection.  Kindness is equally as difficult to give as it is to accept; and it is far too easy to forget.  But kindness remains the basis of all the good that is in humanity. It exists as a part of all living things, and it is what makes life worth living.

I put to you the concept of human kindness. May you receive double the kindness you give in your lifetime.    




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