Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kindness


Kindness has been on my mind today.... kindness and understanding.
See if you can follow my train of thought here.

I believe that almost all people in the world are innately good and kind. 

Spring filled apothecary jars.

Children show us all the time the simplest ways to be kind. Kids will give you a hug. 
They will bring flowers or a drawing to you if they see you unhappy. 

Middle age kids will help with tasks that they realize need to be accomplished.

You can't stop a teenager on a kindness mission. Just look at the thousands of dollars that are raised in high schools for various causes each year or the mission trips that so many teens take on.


What's on my mind is how many people out in this world need a little kindness and compassion but we can't see their needs. And they don't express them. 

In a split second I think of our friend who just lost her husband...the man who struggles to hear or see... the guy who puts his best foot forward every day to fight depression. How about the person who really can't read well...the friend who has lost his job but isn't ready to retire.  The friend who has had her heart hurt one too many times.  There are people who just don't move as fast as the rest of the world but they are trying their best to keep up. 

Spring filled apothecary jars.

All of these people deserve our kindness and compassion but we can't see their problems. 
Sometimes we don't even realize their problems exist. I vividly remember the day I heard the quote below for the first time. It was an epiphany to me because in my 20s I didn't know everyone fights a hard battle. 

I get it now and I understand more each day! 
None of us escape the obstacles that come with life.
None of us are perfect.

Be Kind.

That's what's on my mind today.




The winner of last week's TOHOT was Su at Butterfly Bungalow.
Be sure and join us bright and early tomorrow morning. :)


That's what's on my mind today.

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41 comments:

Finding Grace Interiors said...

You are absolutely right. I always keep this in mind. You never know what hides behind a smile and how much a smile and a kind word can help others.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Beautiful post!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a great post and so true! There are so many who struggle with chronic pain and diseases that don't show but go on through their day anyways. I am one of them and although I don't want attention drawn to me or forced sympathy, it is nice when someone is kind for the sake of being kind, if that makes sense!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely post, Stacey...and so very true!

Laura said...

This is wonderful Stacey!
Everyone has something... seen or unseen.

Love to you my friend- one of the kindest people in blog land.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a perfect post. If we could all remember to just simply smile at everyone we see every day it would make a huge difference.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

That quote is so true....We all should make an effort to be kind....whether it is by lending a hand or a smile...what could be better than someone saying that you made their day! Great post!

Eilis said...

Beautiful words and pictures. Thank you to the kind person who let me change lanes today when I got myself in a jam...

My Kentucky Living said...

I have had that quote in various places...in my old office, in my computer files, etc. I think it is so true. And it is hard to know who and when and what. I once had a lady at church come up to and give me a hug and say she wanted to pray for me....just because. She said we never know what is going on with folks. I told her that I can always use prayers and hugs...even if all is going well. I was very touched by her Kindness.
You are such a sweetie! Sheila

Sonia said...

Such a sweet and meaningful post! In my profession I hear about so many tragic and sad things and sometimes all someone needs is for another person to listen to them and really hear what they are saying. Simple kindness goes along way! It's amazing how many of us are fighting a hard battle. Thanks for posting!

Manu said...

Stacey, you're right...everybody should be more kind and the world would be a better place .
Have a nice day

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Very true words! Thanks for sharing your mind, so that we may all be mindful of the battles others are fighting. ...and just maybe be a source of hope and encouragement for them in some way! And I thank you for sharing my Easter Lantern on FB. You always brighten my day with your kind words and comments! :) ~Rhonda

Cecilia Bramhall said...

If we all kept this in mind, maybe we wouldn't be so impatient with the store clerk who's a little slow or the driver who cuts us off or...you get my drift. We don't know what others are battling. Here's to kindness!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

This post reminded me of a time when I was standing in line at the grocery store. A man was giving the check out girl a hard time about how long she was taking. She said that it was her first day. Another person in line, called out, "Give her a break!" Other people, called out that he should leave her alone. The man said that he had just left the hospital and could hardly stand up. He just wanted to go home with some canned soup and lay down. Everyone needed understanding and I remember thinking exactly what your post is about today....everyone needs to be given a break.

JoAnne said...

Stacey ~ this post brings tears to my eyes. It is so, so true and we all need to have compassion for each other. Thank you so much for the reminder.

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Stacey. Thank you sweet friend. Kindness is free and from the heart and can make a big difference when someone is struggling in their life. Hugs to you for expressing your sweet and kind heart here today. Just posting this has helped in so many ways.
Kris

Cindy Rasley said...

Great post! We all need to spread more kindness and love!

Andrea Nine said...

You are beautiful inside and out dear friend! I always always tell people this world needs a little more kindness and compassion and maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we are in! Keep spreading your love my friend, you make this world a better place!!

Jeanie said...

Your words are so true and a wonderful reminder to all of us to keep looking -- and looking for the subtle things, the "un-cries" for help. Well stated and well worth remembering. (And your beautiful photos are wonderful!)

DD's Cottage said...

Beautiful words and kindness will be on my mind for sure today! Thanks for the reminder!

Patty Marker said...

Beautiful post my friend. And it takes so little to be kind.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I think you are so right, and many times when people are grumpy I have found
it is because they are going thru a hard time and
if I just empathetically say I can tell you are having a tough day, is there
anything I can pray for that will help........and it is amazing the response
it brings.............sometimes I think people just need to know that some
one cares.....and typically they will say just found out my father has cancer, or my mother is serioulsy ill or something like that.........
So it is true everyone has their own daily battles, and think it helps us
as human beings to remember that..........thanks for reminding us, cause
sometimes I forget that as well.......
Kindness is a wonderful gift we can give others.

Blessings, Nellie

Susan Freeman said...

This is a beautiful post! A bit of kindness goes a long way to make someone's day better.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Thank you, Stacey. Pretty photos, and I really like that quote. I sent you an e-mail using the one on your blog. xoxo Su

Kathleen Grace said...

The only way to fight the darkness is with faith and kindness. We can't stop trying to be more thoughtful and kind. You are so right Stacey.

Art and Sand said...

Kindness matters and sometimes and meaningless kind act we perform might be what makes another's day.

BE SILLY ... BE HONEST ... BE KIND

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

A beautiful post and one I have been doing for years. You just don't know when a kind word will make the difference in a persons life.

Happy@Home said...

Very well said, Stacey. What a wonderful place this world would be if we all remembered this.

Kim said...

Congratulations Su!! Your post is so true. I lost my dad at an early age and I didn't always know how to express the fact that I needed a little kindness without sounding like a whiner. I totally get your thoughts and do try to extend kindness randomly to others, because I know what it's like to need it.

My thrift store addiction said...

So, so true Stacey ~ thank you for the reminder! Blessings, Cecilia

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Beautiful words and picture! Thank you for sharing this with us at Talk of the Town.

Consider It All Joy said...

Congrats to Su! What a great thing to be on your mind today, and everyday. We just don't have any idea of what life has set in front of each person we encounter each day! As a widow who struggles each day to provide for the needs of an adult child with disabilities and mental illness, while working full time and helping my other son with his kiddos, I try to keep thoughts of others in the forefront of my mind, because I do know that life can be a hard journey for each of us. Offering a smile, a kind word, a friendly gesture or even a hug can be all a person needs to feel loved! Thank you for sharing what is on your mind today! Blessings during this Holy Week! Cindy xo

Kelly said...

That is definitely true! I realize it more and more the older I get. I find that everyone I meet has some sort of issue that they're dealing with. None of us escape this earth without dealing with trials and tribulations.

The Gathering Place said...

Your post is a great reminder to all of us to be a little more patient, show some respect, and be kind. I love the advice that Cinderella's mother gives her in the movie: "Have courage and be kind." It would be a pretty nice world if we all did that.

Carol Lander said...

Stacey, thank you for a beautiful message. We all need to stop and think about others and how we can be kind more often. It is really so easy and hopefully should be second nature. thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party #28.

Katie Mansfield said...

This is a favorite quote. What a sweet reminder during this Holy Week. I hope all is well. I'm so sorry about your friend. I hope you have a Happy Easter. Cute centerpiece.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I can now comment on your blog and I am so happy! My computer no longer locks up when I try. I have spent much time here, and must tell you that I always enjoy every visit. Today's post on kindness resonates with me, and you stated it all in such a lovely fashion (as you always do). That quote is one I carry with me and try to live it's truth.

Thanks for the beauty, the inspiration, and the encouragement that you share so freely here, and I hang on to.

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Kindness is so very important. You never know how much your smile can mean to a total stranger. Happy Easter!

Jeanie said...

This is a fabulous quote and one I'm going to write down and remember! Happiness and kindness to you, my friend!

Jody and Stan said...

Thank you so much for sharing this perfect Easter post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love it!!
Hugs,
Jody

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautifully written!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy