Example #1 – The Worth of Kindness
Everyone has feelings including those who act as though they don’t therefore, in our everyday walk through life we must be considerate and stay sensitive to those around us.
Staying open to others hurts and knowing they may be struggling through life battles, one must remember to be kind. The kindness and understanding we give may be life-changing to that person.
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I have always been willing to give kindness but I have never had the chance until now. When I was fourteen years old this became real to me when I met a nice girl that I became friendly with. Outwardly she was fun and seemed happy.
The strange part was I began to see her react in fear and despair in very simple situations. These reactions did not make sense to me; sometimes she would cry for no apparent reason. Then I learned she had been molested and violated by her grandfather; now things began making sense.
Because of the kindness and understanding, I showed to her the first time we met until today, she has been able to open up and receive much healing. I listened to her when nobody else would and let her know that she truly had a friend in me. I learned she felt betrayed and she was scared to trust people. Whenever we were around adult males she became very quiet and distant.
At school, she acted as if she was alone. She rarely spoke in class and didn’t associate with people when she was out of school. I knew she needed healing of her heart and mind. She began to spend time at my home and our whole family took part in giving to her kindness and understanding.
After four months she began to trust again. She began to trust my dad and that trust that she allowed my dad to have developed into a trust she gave to everyone. Since she has done all of this growing she has become a very outgoing person. She has lots of friends in school and out, and has become involved in many activities.
I have also observed my mother giving so much kindness to others all my life, and watching these people that were troubled change before my eyes. I can remember a situation when my mother had received a phone call at home from a desperate friend in a phone booth. He was threatening to commit suicide, by shooting himself.
This man was a policeman who had seen and experienced so much hate he was ready to end his life. My mom was cooking dinner but stopped and made this call top priority, for this man was in agony. The kindness and love she showed this man helped him to put his gun down.
After this call, my mom continued to call to see how he was doing and to make sure he sought counseling. This man is now changed and has taken his despair and turned it to hope. He now works with troubled children because someone offered him hope and kindness.
Once my whole family had the chance to help some people. One night I was asked by a high school friend to give three new Mexican immigrants and their children a ride to 7-11 so they could use the phone. I picked them up and on the way there, to my surprise, I found out they had been abandoned by one of the woman’s husbands.
Four days earlier he had taken all of their money out of the bank and went back to Mexico. These women and their children hadn’t eaten anything for three days. They were desperate and hungry.
Because of one simple act of kindness in being willing to give a ride to this family it opened a door for me to offer food and help to this family. I shared this problem with my mom and aunt and it gave us a chance to chip in and rescue these helpless people. We all donated money and helped these mothers find and rent an apartment for them because they had been living in a small camper.
We also helped them find full-time jobs to support their children and provide the necessities needed for everyday life. These people are now living independent and happy lives. Because of all the help, we have given them they consider us a part of their family. This is how one act of kindness dominated and led to defeating a battle of despair and hopelessness.
These acts of kindness have become a way of life for me, and the memories of a little kindness given to others goes a long way. These memories are comforting to me and are very rewarding. More rewarding than anything this world has to offer. Kindness is something money can?t buy, but it is a choice, and it is mine.
One thing is for sure; you are never on the losing end when you are the giver of kindness. I believe the satisfaction of seeing the joy of those you have helped is worth the trouble. I look for every opportunity to be a giver and not a taker because it has become a way of life for me. I find one of the best ways for me to defeat my own battles in life is to give from the kindness of my heart.
Example #2 – The Power of Kindness
Humans are constantly interacting with one another, whether it’s via technology or face to face. These interactions range from conversing at the dinner table to ordering coffee to eye contact made in an elevator. Too often, these interactions aren’t used as opportunities to be kind. Negativity is all around us and is an option too many unnecessarily choose. Humans should be kind to one another in order to create a happier environment for all to live and thrive in.
With simple additions to daily life, you can start to feel and spread happiness. If a compliment of someone’s outfit or being is thought of, it should be said. A few simple words can be the confidence boost someone needed. Always hold the door open for anyone behind you. It is not only polite and considerate, but it’s an act that earns another’s respect.
If eye contact is made, smile at them. A smile gives off an approachable vibe and is an acknowledgment of another’s existence. Return favors and good wishes. Say “You too.” to a cashier that bids you a good day or offer to buy lunch next time. Show appreciation to teachers, friends, family, waiters, and strangers. None of them had to, but they did. When someone goes out of their way to provide or help another, a thank you is deserved. Little acts of kindness will lead to a more positive spirit and environment.
Kindness is the logical choice, but it should be the original choice. It does not cost money. Being kind earns one’s trust, love, and respect. One should be nice first because one can still choose to be mean later. But once mean, the kindness won’t seem genuine or credible.
Not a single person fully knows what another is thinking or dealing with. A rude comment or an eye roll can be enough to push someone to the edge. A quick compliment or a smile can be enough to push someone to climb and conquer.
We can all hope for change; for a kinder community. But if we live our lives as examples, we can guide others to achieve such a community. Our beings alone can lead to change. The power of a small gesture or a slight smile is enough to change a person’s attitude or day.
Smiles are contagious, like yawns. If one person smiles at just one person a day, that’s two people a day happier (the giver and the receiver). Kind acts will inspire others to take the lead and pass on the kindness. In time, not in my lifetime but in time, kindhearted people could become the majority. It just starts with a smile.
Example #3 – Small Act of Kindness Makes the World a Better Place
Ryan Halligan, Jessica Logan, and Amanda Todd. These are just a few names out of countless victims whose lives were taken prematurely because of mean “jokes” and bullying. So let me ask you this, what gives us the right to take a life away or insult others, even if it wasn’t intentional, just because you decided to do an unkind gesture you viewed as funny at the time.
Why do we insist on creating a biased social system where we put people who we view as inferior at the very bottom, without giving them a chance? There is a simple word that could have possibly prevented these, and thousands of deaths such as these all over the world.
The word is Kindness. Kindness towards one another should be a common goal amongst not just you and your peers, but for everyone. Every time you do an act of kindness, such as helping an old lady cross the street or even something as small as opening a door for a stranger, you are creating a better mood and environment for all who witnessed it.
Doing this could make someone’s entire day. These simple acts make people want to do the same, soon enough, you have just affected millions of people with a single small act. A small drop in a pond can create a ripple that spans the entire surface.
So as the saying goes, one man can quite literally change the world. We all come from different walks of life, from the fortunate to the unfortunate to the ones in the middle, we are all people and we all have feelings and individual thoughts. You don’t know the baggage someone is carrying in their personal life, so what’s the point of making it heavier? Words also have an impact on people.
Simple jokes such as “what are those” or “it ain’t Ralph though” could make someone’s day that much worse. We all have our moments where we just, forget, and that’s ok, we all make mistakes, the goal of this speech isn’t to prevent you from going out and making a joke at your friend’s expense, but to make you think of the consequences of the joke just a little more than you would’ve. Instead of insulting clothes and shoes, why don’t we focus on other stuff?
Things such as personality, sense of humor, or maybe even their smile, after all, when we die, all of our clothes stay here. Every single person you see around you only happens once, you will never again see the same exact personality and looks on anyone else, they aren’t one in a million, they are one in infinity.
Often, though, the same people who want to make fun of others, are the ones that need the most help. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you are in, never be quick to judge others, even if they just said something offensive, we all have lapses in our judgment, it happens to all of us.
So please, next time you see someone drop their books, help pick them up, you notice an elderly woman having trouble with her groceries? Help her take them to the car. I challenge you to make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. “Never look down on anyone unless you are there to help them up”.
I believe that kindness is one of the most important virtues because it is an important basis in everyday life. It is a strong moral to have. Kindness can be giving a simple smile or helping someone cross the street, We can use this virtue in every situation. When you in a good mood and someone around you isn’t wouldn’t you like too keep your good energy and show some kindness, rather than be affected by their bad mood? Every single person in the world has the ability to choose how they treat others. We should all choose to be kind.
Kindness cannot be directed toward one and withheld from the other without bad outcomes, We as people should treat everyone equally and not judge them by old acts or the acts of others; For example, if a man steals a car, goes to jail, realizes the errors of his ways, then once he becomes free everyone gives him the treatment of a thief. He can not get a job or a place to live all because of this.
What do you think he will do? The only thing he can do, be a thief. If everyone would show him the kindness he would be free from his personal error and realize the world and even people are beautiful. Everyone deserves the right to be treated kindly but it is our choice to treat them that way.
If kindness were a war Strategy then every nation would be at peace. Wars would be ended through delegation, not bullets. In some situations, kindness can be nearly impossible, but in the end, it’s the best option.
For me, kindness is important to give, much more than to get, because it not only gives another person the opportunity to feel better about themselves, it also gives me the ability to feel better about myself. So giving kindness to others, and to myself, will always be rewarding. I believe kindness is the greatest gift.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelo
I believe in random acts of kindness. The smallest things that can make you smile. I believe that if you do something nice for someone, they will take that act of kindness and spread it out to people they come across throughout their day.
It’s the smallest things that make the biggest differences. For example, holding the door for someone who has their hands full or smiling at a stranger as they pass by. It’s these little things that let people know someone cares.
This belief is not based on one significant personal experience, but a few of them that I have experienced throughout my life. Not one individual experience was what I call “life-changing” but looking back at the ones that I can remember, I can easily say that they were.
I remember one day last year when I was a counselor in training at my summer camp, and not having the greatest day. Nothing specific was wrong, but everyone has those days where everything just seems to go wrong.
Well, I went to bed that night and there was a bouquet of tissue paper flowers and a note that said “I hope this brightens your day!” I still do not know who left them on my bed, but it doesn’t matter. It’s the thought that counts.
One of my favorite personal experiences was when I was visiting the University of Miami. It was pouring rain, and we were on the campus tour. To get from one building to the next, we had to cross into the rain, and right there, there was a student standing with a bunch of umbrellas. Anyone who did not have their own umbrella was then given one by this student. The umbrellas were stamped with a logo and the words “random acts of kindness”.
There was another student stationed at the other building, who was collecting the umbrellas and passing them out to people traveling in the opposite direction. A gesture as simple as this has the power to make somebody’s day brighter.
I can also recall numerous times when a stranger has held a door for me, or I for them. Something that I have always wanted to do, but have not had the chance yet is while in the drive through the line, pay an extra $5 for the person behind you. I have seen this on TV and it is an extremely nice gesture to do for someone you have most likely never spoken to before.
As I said earlier, it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impacts in people’s lives. So here is my challenge to you. Today, before you go to bed, do a random act of kindness. It can be to someone you know or someone who is a complete stranger, but it has to be random. And I’ll bet that before you go to bed, you will receive a random act of kindness in return.
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