The Greatest Reason in the World for Kindness.

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This week’s Discover Challenge at The Daily Post is to write: The Greatest _____ in the World.  I know that I have not exactly responded to the prompt as expected.  Truthfully, however, the moment I saw the prompt the words “The greatest reason in the world for kindness” popped into my head.  Usually not one to silence that inner voice, I have decided to take this in a different direction.  If you know me – you will not be surprised at all by that decision 🙂

There are moments that we all can recall from our own histories, no matter how long or small they might be, that we have known extraordinary kindness.  It matters not, if we were fortunate to have loving parents, doting grandparents, a wonderfully inspiring teacher, or even just a stranger who passed us by one day and we have never been able to forget their kindness.  We all know what it feels like.  We could even have been in the most harrowing of moments when this kindness appeared; in moments when we thought there was absolutely no hope.  However, kindness filled the hearts of another and they chose that very moment to share it with us.

There are certainly moments we can all recall from our own lives where people have been horribly unkind, unfair, prejudiced, or hateful.  I doubt that anyone has been spared these moments, but if they have – they better be thankful for it.  Some are not raised in loving homes, some are treated poorly by family, their peers, or teachers.  Yet others are bullied or treated with prejudice for whatever the reason.  I think we all know what it feels like to be uncomfortable in our own skin.  We may know the shame and fear that comes along with bullying, prejudice, or abuse.  Whether we have known it for ourselves or we have been witness to it in others, we know.

In moments when we may be learning who we are, at moments when we should be learning to celebrate who we are, we are often overburdened with guilt, uncertainty, and pain.  Think about the effects of bullying on children.  Think about the child that grow up in an unstable, abusive home.  What about those who are day in and day out being treated poorly based on the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, their gender, or their lifestyle choices.  This, unfortunately, is a reality for many.  And sadly – while many people may not realize it, these are wounds they carry with them indefinitely.

To me, as a parent, I see the effects of an encouraging word, of unconditional love, of acceptance.  I grew up in an abusive home, so I also know its polar opposite.  I have known people who have suffered and struggled on so many fronts, it is amazing to know the resilience people have shown.  Our country’s history is riddled with such bravery.  However, those moments are not without their scars.  Were we to truly think of this, we should reconsider the way in which we treat others.  For every person that we meet – we never know the burdens they may have carried, or perhaps they still carry them now.  We are truly blind to their situation and never know how incredibly important our kindness might be at that moment, at that exact time.

I just think that we all know how important it is for us to have someone to believe in us, to believe in our talents, in our dreams, in who we are as a person.  We all seek acceptance in some way, even those of us who think it strong to refuse to admit it.  It is not that we seek to always “fit in”, but we seek to be accepted for who we are.  We all ache to have someone tell us we matter.

Yet strangely enough, we forget that despite our differences, or the towering walls between us, or even the distance between us – that we are rather alike.  When we meet others, we may forget to smile (or choose not to), we may forget to help someone in need, despite the fact that we have known suffering.  We turn our heads when someone is bullied and remain silent, despite the fact that we know how horribly cruel it can be.  Were we to sit and imagine that situation for ourselves – perhaps we would step in, but something holds us back.

If I could convince you of anything, it would be our very need for kindness is the greatest reason in the world for kindness.  We must try to consider things for a different view than we are accustomed to.  When someone suffers, we do not wonder if they are like us, think like us, live like us – but we ask, do they suffer like us?  And if the answer is “yes” then we must act, in kindness.  We must act because, I am certain that if we were ever in the same situation – it would be then that we would finally realize the importance of kindness.  If we do not act, then how can we expect others to do the same?  It must start with us, and it must start now.  We are already seeing the effects of too little kindness in the world, and now is the time that we must get up and do something about it.

And for anyone at this very moment who needs to know that they matter, I am undoubtedly telling you that you matter very much.

© Sumyanna 2017

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Other posts for the prompt that I enjoyed:

The Greatest Work of Art in the World

The Greatest Views in the World

Humanity

The Greatest Asset in the World

The Greatest Feeling in the World

The Greatest Silence in the World

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Great read Sumyanna. Kindness is the answer and simply smiling at someone can go along way. I came across this post just after writing a short piece on Kindness today. You can check it out is you wish @ http://www.pocketfulofsmiles.com/my-top-10-quotes-on-kindness-and-compassion/

    Have a great one 🙂

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  2. Kiersten says:

    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

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  3. 7128788elf says:

    Yes, every day one goes out with high ideals, but come home beaten by the sea of poverty, need and suffering one encounters every day, but can’t really do anything really useful and kind about it. One always tries to be kind though. Best wishes and blessings, charles.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      I always believe we can do something. I just think many of us don’t believe that, so we don’t. I am an optimist though…

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      1. 7128788elf says:

        Yes, one of my more optimist poems, had a whole lot of comments, saying nice but rather over optimistic don’t you think! But I try all the same, and usually greet all with a smile, and an open giving mindset. You’re right though it is difficult and most people don’t believe, and many who say they believe, say it in such a way that it leaves one wondering.

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        1. Sumyanna says:

          Oh, we should always reach beyond what is possible, because sometimes later we realize it is possible. If we did not aim as high, we would never have known 🙂

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          1. 7128788elf says:

            I believe that is right, but hard to always implement. Is there a lot of poverty and need in the area of the USA that you live? it is why I do the job that I do to help alleviate some of the huge poverty and problems here in Cape Town.

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          2. Sumyanna says:

            So true. We have homelessness. I am sure it is worse in some areas than others, but everywhere you go – you see people who are needy. Here, you find them on the streets begging but recently more have popped up recently also in store parking lots. It is a sad thing to see. It is good that you are doing something for them. I think many feel they are an eyesore.

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          3. 7128788elf says:

            Here it is at every traffic light, every stop street, house to house, every parking bay, in the shop we are asked for money up 20 times a day, and these are some of the more affluent ones, when you get out to the countryside things are far worse. I have visited some of the labourers cottages. inside there are sometime some reads on the floor to sleep on, a tin with water in, and nothing else. migrant labourers, often sleep outside under cardboard boxes. The poverty here is alarming.

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          4. Sumyanna says:

            That is so sad to hear. I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it must be. Is anyone trying to do anything to help – government wise or anything else?

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          5. 7128788elf says:

            There are many NGO’s like Help the Rural Child, and the Goedgedacht trust trying to help. The government tries to support such activities, but spends most of its time trying to re-establish its popularities, after taking a beating at the local elections last year. There is to much graft in the government for them to be much help. In essence not that much has changed since 1994, unfortunately, hence all the riots over the past few years. It is a very difficult situation.

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  4. The Pissy Poet says:

    Reblogged this on thepissypoetpage and commented:
    I couldn’t have said it better. After reading the news of this past weekend, I am in serious doubt as to the sanity of our country. Can we please all just take a step back, breathe and act like somewhat civilized human beings? Can we not be kind, thoughtful, and come to some come ground understanding instead of trying to rip each other’s throats out because of political, racial, or other issues? This is not love or caring. It’s an excuse to be savage. I, for on, am sick of it. Just be kind.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much for sharing. I stand right with you.

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  5. odell01 says:

    Such sophisticated writing. Well done! I am also of a mind to look at the Discover Challenge. It’s clear you took a completely heartfelt approach to the present WordPress Discover.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Wow – thank you very much! The challenges and prompts there are great tools for expanding your posts. I have really enjoyed them.

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  6. I agree, kindness is important and something we should all strive for. Thanks for including me in your links section.
    Cheers!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      I hope we do. Thank you very much and it is an honor to post you link, truly!

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  7. calmkate says:

    Doesn’t need to be any reason, we should try to make it our nature.
    Thanks for the link!

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  8. plainmama says:

    Everyone suffers. You never know what someone is dealing with. Even when you know them, you may not know. Kindness is always the best approach. Always.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      So very true – that is why I always try to remind myself to tread lightly. Could not agree with you more.

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