Tweeting About Kindess
I created the Key Words page on this blog some time ago with the intent of writing a post for each word listed. Unfortunately, time continued to slip through my fingers and the task remained undone. But today I was having lunch in a nearby restaurant, a fork in one hand, my iPhone in the other – checking email and glancing at the Twitter stream.
The thought came to me in a flash, as thoughts often do over a leisurely meal, that I’m very blessed when it comes to my friends. They’re always there for me, ready to lend a hand, offer advice, or just listen. They can be brutally honest at times, but their intent is always positive and enlightening. Within that realization the word kindness came to mind, and I immediately sent out this tweet:
The world thrives on acts of kindness.
Have you committed one today?
If so, tweet it and inspire others!
My intent was simple; if you’ve committed an act of kindness, send out a tweet for all to see, and hopefully that message will inspire others to do the same, because kindness is viral by nature.
Within minutes it was retweeted by @EGoddess. Remember the comment about my kind friends? Katie Villarreal and her husband Ricardo are perfect examples. Minutes later I saw a tweet from @sampsa (Sampsa Kiianmaa) in Helsinki, Finland:
@GlobalPatriot Good idea, to post one kind act per day.
I smiled…the world gets it…kindness abounds…how cool is that! But one minute later…
…the following tweet appeared:
@GlobalPatriot Kindness is subjective and can’t be determined by the one
responsible for the behavior – true kindness is determined by others.
WTF!? (I’m assuming you know the translation) I said aloud to the surprise of those dining near me. I had to read it a second time just to be certain that I hadn’t misinterpreted their meaning, I hadn’t. While driving home I contemplated the meaning of that statement.
Assume a woman drops her purse. I pick it up and hand it to her. If she says Thank You and smiles, then I’ve committed an act of kindness. If she says nothing and walks away, the kindness is negated.
Really? Just my opinion, mind you, but I have to call BS on that point of view. Kindness is kindness, regardless of whether or not it is acknowledged or appreciated. And what do scholars have to say?
Dictionary definitions vary, but this one from The Free Dictionary was quite accurate in my book:
kindness – the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
You will notice it does not say, “someone’s interpretation as to whether you are warmhearted…”
My favorite definition of kindness, however, comes from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama:
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
What about you? How do you define kindness? Will the world become a better place if each of us embodies the essence of being kind to one another? I would like to know your thoughts!