Kindness Matters

"Kindness is the essence of greatness," said Joseph B.Wirthlin. I wholeheartedly believe that. It's NOT our diplomas, job, car, home, or even our talents that make us great. It's kindness! Think about that...Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Marjorie Pay Hinkley, and countless others were GREAT because they were kind among other things, of course.

Kindness matters! Everyone can be kind--small children, mothers, grandfathers, etc. Regardless of your income, your background, nationality, education, you can be kind. You can be GREAT! The wizard from the movie, Oz The Great and Powerful, exclaimed, "I don't want to be a good man. I want to be a great one!" Well, little did he know that greatness did NOT require magic tricks, inventions, or intimidation--just simple kindness.

Today, I want to talk about kindness. I realize the last couple posts on Sweet and Savory Seven have been about the unkind things done to our family. However, I would like to express our gratitude for ALL the lovely people who were KIND to our family. For every one unkind person, there were dozens of kind ones to lift us, love us, and encourage us. They were our home teachers, mature neighbors, teachers, school staff and principles, doctors, pharmacists, friends from across the nation, etc.

Sometimes, they were people we did NOT even know who showed us a great measure of kindness. Monday night, my family and I went to the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. We purchased our tickets, ordered and buttered our popcorn, and nestled into our seats second back from the screen. Five minutes into the show, I had a pathetic coughing fit due to chronic bronchitis and some lung damage I am dealing with.

So I jumped out of my seat and hauled it to the bathroom because when I cough that hard I throw up. I know. Gross! It really is. I don't mean to be graphic, but I need to make my point. As I was in the bathroom stall wrenching and crying, a woman I never saw, a woman I did not know, called out to me, "Are you okay? Is there anything I can help you with?"

Oh my goodness! Could that be the kindest thing a person could offer when a random lady is losing her lunch in a toilet. Frankly, I am NOT sure I would have offered that if the shoe (or boot in my case) was on the other foot. Of course, I could not take her up on it as kind and sweet as it was. This was my mess and I would clean it up the best I could under the circumstances. I can hardly express in words the gratitude and feeling of sisterly love I have for that gal. She is great in my eyes, because she is truly kind!

That is one example. I could fill my blog with dozens of other examples of other random acts of kindness and the great people who embody kindness in their life and in their relationships with their fellowman. Thank you to all who were thoughtful, compassionate, understanding, helpful, sweet, giving, loving, friendly, and above all kind to our family over the years. It has NOT gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

My husband is GREAT, because he is KIND. He is not a respecter of persons. He is kind to all--the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the mighty and simple (okay, maybe he wasn't so kind to referees from time to time). With my weight gain and weight loss, healthy body and unhealthy body, he was kind to me, affectionate with me, and loved me--even wearing "Grandma Tights"--my very ugly, compression hose that I have to wear to keep me from getting blood clots. 

When my children show kindness to me and others, it makes my heart swell with JOY! It is my desire and hope to model kindness for my children. The teaching begins in the home. We can ALL be great. All we have to do is be KIND!

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