Posts Tagged ‘Definition of Kindness’

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Wednesday’s Word – Gracious

07/11/2012

Fisheye Cloudy Sunny Sky

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…

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Oh Sandy!

30/10/2012

Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead [Front Street 9

Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead [Front Street 9 (Photo credit: The Birkes)

Still in the midst of high winds and some flooding due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy.  It’s been a crazy night, with Atlantic City taking a direct hit from the storm, New Jersey beach towns being severely damaged, and a good portion of lower Manhattan without power.  Thousands of trees have been reported down, millions of people without power.  It will take some time to get things back to “normal”.  In the midst of this, there have still been people ignoring warnings to evacuate, and more who ignore warnings to stay off the roads.   This really impedes the ability of first responders who need to get to actual emergencies, and puts so many in harm’s way that could be avoided.  Please do the kind (and responsible) thing and heed the instructions of officials.  They have the cities’ best interests at heart as well as their citizens.  Also keep the first responders in your prayers and thoughts as they stay out in the danger to keep others safe…

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Wednesday’s Word – Balance

19/09/2012

Balancing Act

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?

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Charity & Kindness

04/09/2012
Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm

Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm (Photo credit: mira66)

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?

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Wednesday’s Word – Understanding

29/08/2012

Ken2008 Soho 110

“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?

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