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Key to Kindness
December 10, 2010Posted by on
If I were to describe myself in a few words, even say twenty-five, I’m not sure that “kind” would be one the adjectives I would use. Giving, yes. Honest, most definitely. Kind….well, that one takes a little intentionality on my part most of the time.
When it comes to Acts of Kindness, I pretty much have that down. I love to give, and create, and most of all I love to give something that I have created. I’ve been known to pack a nutritious lunch for a homeless person that I routinely passed on my way to work (only for him not to be there that day…. go figure), because I felt he needed a change of pace from McDonald’s burgers. If I was going to give, I was going to give my best. And when they were taking up donations for orphans in the Ukraine at our church, I not only donated clothes, but also my entire stock of bows and headbands because I know from working with orphans in the past, that those little girls deserve nothing less than feeling like princesses every day.
But there is so much more to being kind than our actions. The saying goes:
“Actions speak louder than words”, but that’s really only true if you aren’t talking.
And, while I may not always speak out loud the things I really want to say.. I know that God knows the thought and intents of my heart.
I believe that as with anything, some people are just predisposed to be more “sweet natured” than others. For me, it is going to take a little more work, but I’m willing. I’m willing because it’s important not only for my own spiritual well being, but also for my family. I have to be able to teach my children kindness, and to do that, I have to be a good example of what kindness embodies.
A few days before we had Astaire, Josh and I were wandering around an antique store (walking her out) and he found this old key that someone had re-purposed into a necklace. We bought it because we thought it was something unique that we could remember the time by. He wore it for a while, but somewhere along the way it got put in the drawer. Today I am putting that chain around my neck for a new reason. It’s my Key to Kindness.
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