Kindness is often the smallest thing

In the darkest times, kindness shines brightest.

Do you agree?

When we’re feeling at our lowest and most despondent, a simple touch; an understanding, empathetic smile; or a few words of love and appreciation stand out like beacons.

But we often neglect kindness in favour of well-meaning solutions.

We opt for a lecture over a quiet, listening ear.

We avoid the pain of others instead of entering in.

For fear of saying the wrong thing, we say nothing at all – or rush in awkwardly with trite clichés.

Some of the kindest, most pastoral people I’ve met have perfected the art of a smile across the room, a gentle squeeze of the shoulder, or simply, groceries carried to the car.

Kindness goes a long, long way towards building trust and connection.

Kindness stops and takes a moment – or two – to hear their story before jumping in with our own.

Kindness is a dish of food, a warm hot chocolate, a song if you’re lucky…

Kindness is a hug, a blanket, a teddy bear to cry into.

Kindness is a prayer, a text message, an invitation to walk.

Kindness shows us its importance when we start walking it out – and when we need it ourselves.

Kindness is profound in its simplicity, powerful in nature, and the attribute I most want to cultivate.

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “ (Colossians 3:12)

2 Comments

  1. Thank you Ali! Such a great blog about kindness😊 Kindness is so important today (and always). We were told growing up to “Treat other people the way you want to be treated” and “If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all”. In schools kindness is being a focus area, as we try to instil good beliefs into our kids for now and the future.
    Keep up the great work Ali🥰

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