“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not!” These wise words by Samuel Johnson ring true even today. But how often do we fall into the trap of self-centeredness, forgetting to be kind to the ones we hold dear?
The Forgotten Act of Kindness
For many of us, and certainly for me, such lapses in compassion occur more often than we’d like to admit. The tendency to be abrupt or dismissive with those we love can be a jarring realization.
What’s worse, we may not even be cognizant of these tendencies until they are embarrassingly brought to our attention.
The Excuse of Efficiency
Our defense often hinges on the notion of efficiency or being hurried. We convince ourselves that pleasantries like “please,” “would you mind,” and “thank you,” are extraneous – discarded in favor of getting things done faster.
The Value of Effectiveness
However, I’ve learned that effectiveness trumps efficiency. A strategy that includes the element of kindness, consideration, and understanding tends to yield better results. By taking the time to express gratitude and understanding, we cultivate healthier relationships and create a more supportive environment.
The Spirituality of Kindness
A simple act of kindness towards those you love may very well be the most spiritual thing you do in a day. The smallest gesture can make a world of difference in someone’s life.
So, if your goal is to grow spiritually, make time for kindness. Especially towards those you love. After all, our spirituality is deeply intertwined with our ability to show empathy and compassion to others.