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Kindness Triumphs


Anne of Green Gables once asked a very timely question, “Which would you rather be if you had the choice – divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?” I always thought that that was such a hard question to ask, and even harder to answer. I have since decided that most of all in my life, I would like to be one word – kind. Human connection is something that keeps the world turning, it is what is inside each us that allows us to be compassionate, understanding and honest with our fellow human beings. Kindness is a choice, it’s something you can find inside yourself if you only look deep enough. It’s not easy at times, tricky situations arise where the last thing you want to be is kind, but take a deep breath and look at the situation from every angle with eyes wide open before you speak. Being kind means being inclusive, it is choosing to accept people, no matter their faults and/or differences. We all have faults, we all have behaviours that annoy other people. But being kind means arising above this. Being kind can change a person’s whole day. Just that one kind word or one kind gesture, can turn a frown upside down. Imagine someone who is depressed and has no faith in the world. What if you could say something to him or her that gave them back the hope to keep trying? Just a little bit of compassion, enough to pull them back from the edge is a miracle. And as far as paying it forward goes, being kind is a great example of this. Being kind can be catching too, and how beautiful would it be if we could all show a little more kindness to each other. So as for Anne of Green Gable’s question, which would you rather be? Although as humans it’s just not possible for us to be “angelically good”, we can all step up and show a little more kindness to the people around us. It could very well save someone’s life.

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