Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Thoughts...

“To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart. Kindness can change the lives of people.” 

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Sui Kyi is a remarkable woman - who has borne much with immense grace.

As I grow older it becomes clearer to me that here are certain human characteristics or qualities that I admire and love in people.  One of the things I love most is generosity - generosity of spirit, a willingness to share and to give, to not expect things in return, to not hold back for no good reason; to be open to giving.

Another trait I truly value is kindness - when I see kindness in others I feel so much better. When people are kind, they take time to listen, to understand somebody's needs, to try and get themselves out of the way of the conversation so that they can be present for the other person. Kindness manifests itself in so many other ways - and is often quiet and unbidden. But I think those who receive it, notice it and are grateful.

In the olden days of high-pressure and highly stressed workplaces, if somebody took the time to be kind to me in the smallest way, it would often overwhelm me. Kindness reaches out and touches people.

Detail on a sculpture, Reconcilation Place, Canberra.


  1. Replies
    1. Kindness is always a good thought to have with you isn't it Roberta? Thanks and go well.

  2. As always - a lovely Thursday quote. I especially like the bit about getting ourselves out of the way in a conversation - such a clear definition of listening and sensitivity - wonderful.


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