What do you think of when you hear the word kindness?
If you look up the definition of kindness, here’s what you’ll find. The quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
Sadly, there are a number of people who mistake kindness for agreeable or compliant.
I recently saw a post where a friend was expressing an opinion, in a very respectful way, only to see another person respond with “oh no, please be kind”. This response made me scratch my head for a moment. There was nothing about the post that was unkind. What I realized was that the opinion expressed in the post did not line up with the opinion of the respondent, therefore the respondent considered it unkind. How interesting.
Personally I see this as a good reason to not express personal opinions on social media (and so did this friend as it was shortly after this that they left social media all together).
This is where the phrase, “I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree” comes in handy. We don’t have to agree with everyone out there, but we should still be friendly, generous and considerate, or in a nutshell…kind.
This is hardly a comprehensive thought on kindness, but it’s certainly a good start to a clearer understanding of exactly what kindness is, so as we move forward and we encounter someone who we may think is being unkind, maybe we can stop and think for a moment, is the person truly being unkind, or do I just not agree with them on this point.
Ironically there may be some out there that would consider this blog “unkind”, and to those I would simply say “we will just have to agree to disagree on this”.
I am a wife, a mom, a nana, a daughter, a sister, an aunt a niece and a friend. Family, friendships and faith are things I place a high value on, in other words, relationships. I am looking forward to reaching out and connecting with you through this blog, and it is my hope that I can bring a glimmer of encouragement and hope as we embark on this journey together