The only solace comes from simple acts of kindness.
They are the tiny, flickering candles
in a cavern of darkness
that sustain our common humanity.
~ Christopher Hedges ~
There are realities we all share,
regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes.
As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment:
love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others.
We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it.
We need to fulfill certain inner hungers:
the need for happiness, for peace of mind — for wisdom.
~ Swami Kriyananda ~
This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness.
~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama ~
After Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) had received a letter
thanking him for having done a kindness, he replied:
“As to the kindness you mention,
I wish I could have been of more service
to you than I have been,
but if I had,
the only thanks that I should desire
are that you would always be ready to serve
any other person that might need your assistance,
and so let the good offices go around,
for mankind are all part of a family.
As for my own part,
when I am employed in serving others,
I do not look upon myself
as conferring favors
but paying debts.”
Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person:
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pour them all out, as they are, chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then, with the breath of kindness,
blow the rest away.
~ George Eliot, 1819 – 1880 ~
Pick your battles.
Count to five before you speak.
Look beyond what you see.
Rescue an animal.
Keep your word.
Choose your words with care.
Dance to your own music.
Listen with your heart.
Honor your family.
Respect your elders.
Remember where you came from.
Root for the underdog.
Keep the faith.
Look people in the eye.
Mean what you say.
Be a good example.
Color outside the lines.
Purple glitter makes everything better.
Feed the birds.
Remember that squirrels like birdseed, too.
Talk to animals.
Be true to yourself.
Visit other countries.
Try your best.
Put in an honest day’s work.
Hold fast to your beliefs.
Patience really is a virtue.
Nothing is random.
Follow your moral compass.
Never give up.
Ask for advice.
Reach out to others.
We’re all in this together.
Admit when you’re wrong.
Offer a firm handshake.
Laugh with gusto.
All things in moderation.
Good will always triumph over evil.
Life isn’t fair, but that’s okay.
Give good hugs.
Don’t lose hope.
Seek the truth.
There is meaning in suffering.
Listen to the birds each morning.
Don’t forget the sunsets.
Surround yourself with color.
Hunt the Northern Lights.
Water your flowers.
Plant a tree.
It will be okay.
Every ending is another beginning.
Write real thank you notes.
It’s okay to say no.
Sing to babies.
Remember those who have gone before you.
Take your hat off inside.
Offer your help.
Say thank you.
Don’t take it personally.
There are many levels of love.
Don’t hold grudges.
Be a gentleman and a gentle man.
Avoid toxic people.
Look to the stars.
Lose yourself in the clouds.
Stop for all rainbows.
Take the road less travelled.
Remember that Mom loves you.
You are my greatest blessing.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are endless.
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~