Dictionary.com defines Gracious as “Pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous”. Let’s hope that everyone can get back to that decorum after Election Day, no matter what…
Posts Tagged ‘Definition of Kindness’
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Not exactly what you would think of in reference to kindness – or would you? Consider some definitions from Webster’s Dictionary:
~ a means of judging or deciding
~ a counterbalancing weight, force, or influence
~ an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements
~ mental and emotional steadiness
I can think of a great deal of situations where it is kind to be balanced – what do you think?
I was searching for a quote on charity and how it relates to kindness, when I happened upon this:
“Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.” ~ George Sand
My first thought was “this is not what I was looking for”; after staring at it on my screen, it might be exactly what I am looking for. This statement forces me to look at the hard question of what I am really looking to do with “charity”. Am I expecting something from the receiver in return for my charitable act? Am I demanding (explicitly or implicitly) some kind of servitude? Am I serving someone purely from the goodness of my heart and acting from the perspective of my faith? And finally, can I continue to be charitable when I make assumptions of the circumstances of a person’s need?
What strikes you when you read this quote? I know I am not the same after reading it. What do you think?
“Adjective – characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like: an understanding attitude.” ~ dictionary.com
I thought of this word tonight as I was trying to explain a situation that needed compassion. Looking at the expressions of others, I could tell who had an understanding heart – compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental. In this regard I consider the word Understanding synonymous with Kindness. We need more people in the world who have an understanding attitude. Can you think of a time someone had an understanding attitude toward you?