On the discussion of kindness, I find myself at a loss. What is kindness and how does it differentiate itself from love?
Here’s a definition I found: “Kindness – An attribute of God and quality desirable but not consistently found in humans.”
When a person comes from a home that has mean people everywhere, how do you ever trust kindness and where do you find it?
Love was a concept I gave up in childhood. I didn’t look for it. As a matter of fact, as a teenager I distinctly remember thinking, “I will look for kindness, not love.” I knew love could not exist without kindness so my desire for kindness was a good one, right?
What I searched high and low for in human beings, I found in God.
Kindness in it’s purest form is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Merriam-Webster defines it as “the quality or state of being kind.” Kind is defined as “of a sympathetic or helpful nature.”
Who do you know that has a sympathetic or helpful nature?
My point is this — If I waited to find kindness in others before I began my healing journey, I fear I’d still be waiting. While there are those that will stop by and listen, few are willing to lend the needed hand that helps you to the other side.
I don’t think kindness is a hard act to learn, but it takes steady practice, patience, and the deliberate acts of love.
I am learning what true kindness means. I want to exude this quality in my life. I adore kindness.