What is kindness? The act of being kind. The adjective kind in reference to a person is defined by Merriam-Webster as this: “of a sympathetic or helpful nature.” Dictionary.com defines kind this way: “of a good or benevolent nature or disposition; indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane.” Wikipedia refers to kindness as a virtue and references religion, ancient philosophy, and various cultural beliefs as a context for kindness.
From Wikipedia: “Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions (see ethics in religion). Aristotle, in Book II of his “Rhetoric”, defines it as being “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped”. Nietzsche argued that kindness and love are the “most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse”. Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues. In Meher Baba’s teachings, God is synonymous with kindness: “God is so kind that it is impossible to imagine His unbounded kindness!”
In my opinion, these are some powerful attributes to have. I was taught as a child to always be kind to others and I have strived to live up to this virtue. Expect nothing in return and be kind because it is the right thing to do. And as many of you know, I have made it my mission in life to keep kindness alive.
But check out the top definition of kindness from that dreadful Urban Dictionary: “The act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care. Something that apparently does not exist in this world anymore.” And this: “A quality that one would conclude, from browsing through Urban Dictionary and other websites, has died out of the world.”
So I want to pose these questions to you all: Has kindness died? Or is it just as prevalent as it has always been? Fighting against the bad, the cruel, the evil, the unkind? Hasn’t this dichotomy in values always existed? Haven’t there always been people who are kind at heart and good-natured who want to spread love and happiness around them? And haven’t there always been self-absorbed, selfish, cold-hearted people who have no inkling to be kind? Are we worse off now then we have ever been or are we just the same?
I ask this because as I put kindness out into the world, I am sometimes dismissed or disregarded and even sometimes met in return with cruelty. But much, much more often than not, my kindness is met with equal and often greater kindnesses. My mission to keep kindness alive is in direct opposition to the unkindness that exists in the world. But I don’t believe that kindness is a dying virtue at all. I think it is as alive and well as it has always been. And I believe that if all the kind souls stick together and remain true to ourselves, we can make the world a better place. Will unkindness ever be eliminated? Probably not. But we can damn sure try.
So won’t you all join me once again for my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up below. And do let me know what act of kindness you have performed today.
*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. But I do want to send out a great big thank you to the girls at Torrid Salmon Run Mall for their amazing acts of kindness. I am ever so grateful to all of you. You are amazing and fabulous women! Keep #SpreadingTheKindness, my friends!
Kimono: Shelbee’s Shoppe ($42.00. I have one in black and one in tan in stock.)
Top: Lace Up Mock Neck Tank Top ($38.90).
Shorts: Torrid Skinny Shorts – Medium Wash ($38.90).
Sandals: Target (From last year. View all of their wedge sandals here).
I also want to thank everyone who stops by each week and joins my link up. I love seeing what you are all wearing, sharing, creating, and discussing. Now your favorite posts from last week’s link up…
Rena of Fine Whatever shared her super stylish mix of florals and embroidery in her post Embroidered Floral: Powers the Flower & Link Up. I always find so much inspiration in Rena’s chic and poised stylings!. Rena is one of the kindest women I have ever met and she needs lots of healing, loving, and kind energy sent her way!
And Lorena of My Every Day Wear shared a gorgeous shift dress in her post Wearing your DIYs. I adore the print on this dress! I can’t get over that it is a DIY dress! And check out she gave new DIY life to her straw bag, too. Just fabulous! Thank you to Lorena, for always injecting kindness into all of her blogger interactions!
Keeping it on the edge,
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