Kindness Covers All

When was the last time you were deliberately kind? In western society this may never even come to consciousness as a question or in other form for male adults. It seems to me that we are just not taught kindness in our homes today. Because kindness can cover everything, you don’t even need to be political to affect a change in your world.

(You certainly can be politically minded and still be kind.)

But when we help other people be glad they are alive, by acts of kindness, we can feel significant satisfaction within ourselves. Likewise, when we are kind to ourselves we build ourselves up in legitimate ways. We make ourselves gladder to be alive. To help others and ourselves to be gladder to be alive, that may be the very best we can do with our lives. In other words, you’ll be happier.

The politics of the world may upset you. The rudeness of the check-out person, being cut off in traffic, having someone pull out in front of you when they ought to have stopped, the lack of respect from your kids or grand-kids, all these and many more can bring you down and help cause anger to build within you. What’s to be done?

As Gandhi might have said, be that which you would change the world into. Be kind. Return kindness for rudeness and carelessness. Remember, everybody else carries their own burdens and sports with their own demons.

I am not excusing rude or obnoxious behavior. Nor am I saying that ruthless politics should be accepted as the norm. I am saying, as an example, that rudeness met with rudeness usually simply escalates the situation. I don’t mean you need or ought to let someone roll over you. You need to stand up for who you and what your beliefs are. But meeting rudeness with kindness will often change the situation and move the persons involved in a new and better direction.

This won’t always work because you are dealing with sibling-humans who may not respond to kindness. But it is worth the try.

And that we must do – we must try. To make the world less glad is to commit a crime against humanity. To make yourself less glad is a crime against yourself. You need to try to add joy to the world. One of the ways joy is added to the world commences with kindness. No matter your own challenges, be they physical, emotional or spiritual, you can supply the world, and therefore yourself, with a little more kindness.

What does kindness cost you, anyway? It only costs a little forethought. Take the instant of time it requires to be mindful of your situation and interaction with others and yourself. You can begin to make a brand new and significant habit within your life by firing back kindness instead of rudeness. Discharging respect for disrespect. Enkindling gladness instead of sorrow.

Simplistic? Yes, I suppose so. One could see that and say that. However, the basic foundation stones of life are the simplest ideas and actions. Be the change – for yourself, definitely, and for your world.

Get to it.

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Your Happiness and World Peace

One of the constant wishes of most human beings is simply to live in peace. As an extension of that fervent wish, these same folks wish for world peace. Some even go so far as to pray for it. They cast the blame for lack of world peace on God for not bringing it about – that is as they usually infer when they pray for the cessation of wars across the globe.

The fact is peace begins within you and me. I take my own responsibility for my own peace and my part of peace in the world. You need take responsibility for your own peace and your part in the world as well.

Surprisingly, or not, your inner peace comes from finding your inner happiness. When you discover that you are totally and unconditionally accepted by the Universe, you know happiness. For there is no greater feeling than knowing you are accepted just as you are in this moment.

When you know this acceptance, you know the peace that passes all understanding. From that happiness and peace you develop compassion and wisdom. From compassion and wisdom you wish to see noone and no thing in conflict. In other words, you wish everyone to be at peace. From this attitude you do your part to spread peace in the world.

You spread that peace by spreading the word about happiness and all its benefits: compassion, wisdom, peace, to name just a few. You have done, therefore, and are doing your part for world peace. When people are happy, there is seldom war involved in their lives. When folks are happy, there are fewer quarrels, even, than when they are unhappy.

Simply look at your own life to understand that this is true.

Look at any armed conflict and you will see at least two sides who are unhappy with what the other side is doing or saying. I know this is an over-simplification of armed conflicts, but it’s close enough for this blog (article). It is enough for now because I would have you understand the basics of your happiness and world peace. You can more add more detail later, if you wish.

When people are happy within themselves, they don’t go around picking fights. Again, look within to see the truth of this statement. Yes, yes, differences will always exist between persons and groups. No doubt. Those who are at peace within themselves have no need to act out, or project conflict into a situation as over against another.

Happy within may even produce compassion and, therefore, understanding of the other’s situation. With that understanding may come the opportunity to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way. You see, we all have the same problems and challenges deep within us. Compassion will show us those similarities.

Knowing the other is very much like you will help you to seek peace instead of conflict. After all, you wish to remain in a state of peace that you may enjoy your happiness. So, do you bit for world peace. Find internal and eternal happiness within. Using those eyes, discover compassion for the other. Use the wisdom you possess to help ward off any possible hostilities.

You will be doing your bit for world peace. If your life carries you further into the cessations of armed conflicts, so be it. You might do more than you ever thought possible in the field of peace in our time. Get to it.

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