Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others. – William J.H. Boetcker
My mother was kind. Gosh, was she ever.
I had never met someone who no matter what others said or did, would have the ability to treat them with kindness no matter what the circumstances were.
Kindness in that she would smile, be generous with her words and actions and help others, with excellence, if her help was sought – with absolutely no judgement.
Don’t get me wrong, my mom got hurt and would, although very very very seldom, tell others that they hurt her, but it was never confrontational to the point of no return.
The key about kindness that I learned through her though is that it cannot be used as a mean to making more friends, or looking good, or hoping that people will say nice things about you behind your back or once you have left his world.
The reality is that being kind is being kind for the sake of god and
being kind may not give you anything positive in return.
I have seen many cases with my mom where she was kind, yet she was treated unfairly. She was kind, yet she was misjudged and suspected of having a hidden agenda. She was kind, yet she was taken for granted after making others feel more worthy than they truly were.
She was kind because that is the talent god gave her, but also because god asked us to be kind for he has been kind to ALL of us as we treat others and ourselves badly, yet he continues to bless us with greatness that we do not necessarily deserve.
Each time we are kind we are gaining points towards a positive end and judgement and that is all my mom took from this world, good deeds gained through acts of kindness.
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