Thoughts on Kindness: by Jonathan Harnisch
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kindness. People may not tell you how they feel about you, but they will always show you. Pay attention. Spread kindness. Be nice to those around you. If you can't think of anything nice to say, you're not thinking hard enough. Smile at others, start a piggy bank for a cause, keeping your spare change in a piggy bank and when it is full, donate it to a good cause or charity of your choice. A sincere smile is a very kind and meaningful way to make a positive difference in someone's day. Without using words, a smile says to a person "Hi, I hope you have a nice day." Help a child learn. When you look back at your childhood, you can probably name several key people who taught you some of the most important things you know today. You too can be an influential force in a child's life by spending time helping him or her to learn. Though it is a common courtesy to say, "Bless you!" when someone sneezes, people rarely do unless it is someone they know. The next time you hear or see someone sneeze, offer those kind words regardless of whether or not you know them. And if you have a tissue on hand, offer that, too! Beyond anything, the hardest part is self-compassion. You need that to do anything for others. That seems to be the hard part, but is the first step. Again, by default, when given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kindness. It will make a huge difference if you can pull it off, one of those easier said than done ideas, speaking from experience. Thank you for reading these thoughts, some of which I have read about from various sources online and in books about kindness, and behaving on them when I can, often going to homeless parks and giving away food from the restaurant when I can leave the house. I have been doing so for over years and years and even writing a chapter about it in Alibiography, my debut novel, in the chapter entitled, "Benevolent Georgie," Enjoy your morning, day or evening, depending where you are, in your neck of the woods. …There is more to come, as usual. Thank you in particular to you who are new readers. What a terrific group of you!
— Jonathan Harnisch