places of business and other public locations offer signs
that offer bilingual or multilingual services. People
who are bilingual frequently dream in both languages.
They have been internalized and come easily.
is a universal language that can be spoken by
everyone. That language is kindness. Suppose in
addition to the bilingual or multilingual announcement,
there was also a sign that read, "Kindness Spoken
Here." For some, kindness is a native
language. For others, it is a second language. Regardless, any of us can become fluent in this language at
dictionary defines kindness as the "state or quality of being
kind." In other words, kindness is not only an action,
it is a state of being. The following are some
definitions or qualities of that state of being:
deep seated characteristic shown habitually by considerate
Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition.
Having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence
Indulgent, considerate, or helpful
A sympathetic attitude toward others
can be internalized and come easily when, with practice, it
becomes part of our state of being.
is something that we must own and extend to ourselves,
before we are able to extend it to others. When we do
this, we do not determine whether someone deserves our
kindness anymore than we determine whether someone deserves
to be spoken to in their own language. It is simply
something we do because it has become our nature to be kind.
so many other qualities of being, it takes insight,
awareness, paying attention, and not taking things
personally. Focusing outward with our values, rather
than being caught up in the tempest of situations, keeping
our personal power intact.
a great day and be good to yourself. You deserve it!
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