From her deathbed, Cinderella’s mother tells her to ‘have courage and be kind’. Five little words carrying so much wisdom. The girl heeded the words well, and years later in the face of cruel treatment she remained calm. Her character displays equanimity, rather than rage or tearful hysterics at such ill-treatment. Ella held on to courage and kindness. May we all heed this sage advice.
Be kind, be honest, be loving, be true, and all of these things will come back to you. ~unknown
“Cinderella’s refusal to surrender to thoughts of retribution is part of what drew the Fairy Godmother to her in the first place. Hate can summon the powers of the world, but only love can summon the powers of God. It takes tremendous faith in the power of love to refuse to hate those who behave in hateful ways. Yet in that refusal lies our grace.” ~Marianne Williamson, “Everyday Grace”
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ~Dr. Samuel Johnson
When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them, as if their reason has left them. ~Willa Cather
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~Dr. Haim Ginott
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Here are some fantastic one-page articles about teaching and encouraging kindness in children, even when they’re still toddlers. It’s really never too early to begin. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
8 Ways to teach kindness to toddlers and preschoolers, by Tabitha Studer at WhatToExpect.com
Kids and kindness: Can you teach compassion? by Holly Bennett at TodaysParent.com
Teaching Children Respect in 5 Minutes or Less, by Julie Hunt at SmartKids101.com
To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world. ~Bill Wilson
Here is a short video that demonstrates the ripple effect that can happen when we do good deeds. Remember, there are a lot of good people in the world. Unsung heroes are everywhere. Let’s endeavor to be an unsung hero ourselves, leading the way to a kinder world, one act of compassion at a time.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a wonderful organization who I’ve celebrated before and they deserve repeating. They generate ideas for ways that anyone can share acts of kindness. I’ve provided a link in this image to the page where these kind people have shared hundreds of ideas to help spark our own. May this list give us a great start, and may our visits to their site deepen the realization that the possibilities and opportunities for sharing kindness are practically endless.
Let’s be encouraged and encouraging! Each one of us can make a difference, each and every day.
Related reading you may enjoy from a post I did celebrating this fantastic foundation: