Does Kindness Matter?

Every day, as I look through my social media feeds, I am struck by the amount of vitriolic hatred spewed in post conversation threads for merely having a difference of opinion. How did we get to a point where it’s not enough to say, “I’m sorry, but let’s just agree to disagree on that issue” and move on?

There’s an undeniable hyper-sensitivity in today’s society, which has made us reluctant to say anything for fear of attack. We used to be able to have frank conversations, without hard feelings, because people respected other viewpoints. Now, everyone has ramped up their reactionary settings to “full-fledged, nuclear knee-jerk” so that anyone who, heaven forbid, dares to disagree gets decimated. It greatly saddens me.

My mother always taught me to be kind to others. She taught me the value of dignity and grace. I have personally seen the long-term results of treating others with kindness. Chris and many of my former classmates have told me that my kindness is what they most remember about me, which proves that people don’t really care about popularity or looks in the long-term.

I’ve always spoken about ripple effects and how we never know how many people we affect with our words and actions. Everything we put “out there” when we interact with other people, will reach somebody. Just because we don’t see the way we affect people down the line doesn’t mean we don’t affect them. Further, whether we realize it or not, our ripples ~ positive or negative ~ always, always, always return to us.

 “Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~ Scott Adams

We must think about the people who have shown us kindness. Thank them. Appreciate them. Gratitude and kindness both breed more kindness and when we all make that little shift towards kindness and away from hatred, we are capable of changing the world. Does kindness really matter? Yes, it does. For every little bit of kindness we lose, we make more room for the hatred that can and will replace it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my dear readers. May you and yours be blessed with good company, delicious food, and the love of your family and friends. ❤

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