Gifts of Character – Kindness

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Kindness. Kindness is about being available to help others with genuine concern. Even when others come to us in anger, we resist the temptation to return the violence. With kindness, we consider what fear might be fueling the anger or what sort of suffering they may be experiencing. We respond to the fear and pain with compassion.

Today as I contemplate the practice of kindness, I am considering the feelings and welfare of others. I am careful with my words, both spoken and the messages sent with body language. I will take the time to feel what compassion might be needed, to listen and practice empathy. My acts of kindness will be warm and friendly. I am cultivating kindness in my heart.