Waking Basics: #KINDNESS - the Superpower!

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
— Lao Tzu

About a year ago, my son said to me, “Mom, I got a tattoo.”

I cringed, “Show it to me.”

When he did I was quite surprised. There on his left shoulder were two German parables. The first, “Keiner weiss wo dem anderen der schuh drückt,” roughly translates as “No one knows the pinch of a man’s shoe but he who wears it.” And the second, “Durch schäden wird man klug”, meaning “Adversity is life’s classroom.”

And there, on my son’s arm, I saw the very reasons why kindness is so important. We don’t know what people are going through; what tragedies they may have had in their lives; or why they act the way they do. We don’t know their inner thoughts, joys, fears or delusions any more than they know ours.

How would we want to be treated in a time of turmoil or sorrow? You may never know how much a kind act may help or is needed. You may never be aware how much that little bit of kindness you offer may completely change someone’s day, or week, or life.

It is such a basic act and simple to do, yet our own conditioning might say, “What’s in it for me?” So often as human beings we are center focused – focused on ourselves. Consciously performing random acts of kindness can start to change a fixed mindset to a mindset of growth, love and compassion. Performing acts of kindness can open your heart and can help to heal your own wounds.

Kind acts, to ourselves and others, are so very powerful as they open doors to our own inner beauty.  Individually we can feel the difference inside when we practice kindness. Together, through kindness, we can start to change the World.

It is free. Try it today!