Chanced upon an email update from Marie Forleo – Q and A Tuesdays about kindness. ( You can watch the video below.) She is one of my favorites chirpy spiritual teachers that I watch to perk my morning.
This inspired me to blog about kindness. The instant I logged into WordPress, I saw this
Synchronicity must be at play.
From Marie Forleo’s video, it is surprising (for me) to know that a CEO is cautious and worried about displaying kindness, for fear that people mistake it as weakness. So I guess we are all not alone in our fear of appearing weak and naive.
Exploring my own insecurities about showing kindness, I have some personal opinions.
Kindness is strength, not just our strength but lending strength to another who needs it at that moment. If we see another person in need of help ( I do not mean disabled people), I mean people around us – colleagues, friends, strangers. People who are vulnerable at some point or confused at some point. We can show them kindness by lending them a helping hand, kind words of encouragement and at the same time cheer them on. Our kindness will give them strength to grow from the situation they face.
Kindness shown with clarity. If kindness is mistaken as a sign of weakness, then it isn’t the purest form of kindness. We might have shown kindness in order to please someone or feel better about ourselves? We might have shown kindness without a clear sense of why we do so.
Strongest display of kindness comes with love for the other. When we feel love for the other, our hope for them is to grow. Our kindness toward others will be a conscious act for the purpose of nurturing our own and another’s spiritual growth.
“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth… Love is as love does. Love is an act of will — namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.” – M.Scott Peck
Kindness is natural and often buried because of our fear of showing weakness and vulnerability.
Perhaps as we explore our fears, we uncover our layers of fear and we can be who we are. When we have clarity, we will be courageous to give.
“Setting our intention as we show our kindness, kindness with strength and love”