"I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity towards the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all, reading is such a solitary act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and in particular the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways (…) It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another, which is a precursor of empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being."
In keeping with this theme of kindness, I'd like to award my friend, Kim, of Writing Space with the Your Blog is Fabulous Award pictured below. On Tuesdays, she posts about kindness and I especially look forward to reading these posts. I wish I had thought of such a wonderful concept! Kim has given me not one but two blogging awards and also an Amazon gift card (what better gift for me?); I appreciate these kind deeds as well.
Thoughts on Kindness:
"Kindness gives birth to kindness."
"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
~Barbara De Angelis
"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind."
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true."
"If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
'Til in Heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It On