Being kind does not take a lot of effort. Although it appears to be an extremely difficult task for a large portion of the population.
Being kind should come as a second nature, however, now we need to teach kindness to youth. It’s not kind to steal, it is kind to give something to another person. It is not kind to call people names, it is kind to defend someone who is being taunted. It is not kind to physically harm someone, it is kind to give hugs and kisses (if they are wanted). It is not kind to rape, welcomed sex is awesome. It is not kind to ignore someone, it is kind to give someone attention. Maybe someone who has always been ignored. If someone drops something, help them pick it up. If someone is lost, help them find their way. If someone is hungry, feed them. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Expect less from other people and have respect.
It is good to do all these kinds of things without feeling like you deserve something in return. I am the type of person who will fight hard for someone who is being treated wrongly in any way. I would give all I have to other people. All my possessions, all my time and even all my money if they needed it. I believe that the world will thrive if we all just give a little more and expect less. Stop pretending that you need a pat on the back because you did something nice for someone else. Isn’t a sincere “thank you” enough? Isn’t knowing that you made someone’s day better because you were kind enough?
People come in and out of our lives very quickly. If I met someone for one day, I want that person to think the best things about me. That I listen without judgement, I encourage, I laugh and smile. I don’t ever want to meet someone and have a bad first impression because that might be their only impression of me.
There should be no rewards for being kind. Other than that feeling you get when you feel you’ve done the right thing.
Damn it, be kind. That’s just my opinion.
– The Street Sage