Being Kind

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You never regret being kind. ~Nicole Shepherd

 

 

In yesterday’s post we talked about service to others and that this is the shortcut to happiness. Today’s quote is in the same vein.

I’ve found this to be true, that I’ve never regretted being kind. I’ve regretted the times when I haven’t given the other person the benefit of the doubt because later on I discovered that they deserved it, but I’ve never regretted being kind, reaching out a helping hand, or cutting the other person some slack even when they turned out to be a frenemy, or worse.

I may have been duped or set myself up for betrayal by being kind to someone who may not have deserved it, but that’s okay. I’d rather be the type of person who sees the best in others rather than someone who is mistrustful and sees the worst in them.

I’ve noticed it’s only a very few people who will take advantage of the kindness that’s extended to them. Most people breathe a sigh of relief and drop their guard so you can see behind the mask they show the world.  Often you see a person who’s lost, disheartened, sad, or frightened.  It’s at this point that kindness works its magic, not only on the person but on you, too!

Have you, too, experienced this–being glad that you responded to someone with kindness rather than being harsh or uncaring? Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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