Sunday, October 30, 2011

Don't Mistake Kindness for Weakness...

"Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." ~Henry James

Some people mistake kindness for weakness. Contrary to this belief kind people are not weak people. It takes strength and an awareness of personal power to be kind to people. Being kind comes from the ability to see the good in each person and to be comfortable with oneself. Treating someone with kindness, when they have not earned it or deserve it, takes special inner fortitude and grace.

It is easy to be rude and treat people with disrespect. People who habitually are rude and disrespectful lack self-discipline, are weak and insecure and need to bring other people down to feel good about themselves. A person who has healthy self esteem and a strong sense of self worth does not need to demean others to feel good about themselves. In fact, they understand that by building others up they also are elevated.

People who are rude and belligerent to others are afraid of people who are equal or perhaps superior in some way. People who understand the strength of kindness understand that all people deserve to be treated with respect and are willing to learn from others. The kind person's self worth is not jeopardized or threatened by others.

People who fear the loss of power and control lash out at those around them. People who are secure with themselves and have strong self esteem understand that no one can diminish them. Building others up is a great way to create positive energy for all.

Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self esteem. Being kind is not always easy and takes effort and concentration. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a lot of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding and wisdom. Kindness is a sign of strength.

Where can you show kindness today?

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~Plato

"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness." ~Seneca

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