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  1. And YOU should know, dear Eric! You must be a very rich man, indeed! I always feel comforted just by clicking on any email notification of a new post from you!

    1. Awwwh Granbee! That is so sweet of you πŸ™‚

      Over the years, many people have shown kindness to me, though sometimes I’m not derserving. I wish I was as ‘rich’ as you say – but am working on it, my dear.

      I’ve no doubt your coffers brim πŸ™‚

      Luv and big hugz for my Granbee, Eric

  2. What you said is true, but I am greedy. Yes, extending kindness enriches the giver but I also love to be the recipient. This chain reaction will make life more cheery.

    1. Ah, Jasey now I’m gonna tease you by saying – there is giving and there is giving. Giving can be receiving and receiving can be giving πŸ™‚ Luv and big hugz for you, Eric

  3. Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. God said to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but being out in the world, you know that many/most are not. Kindness and gentleness are two fruits that I strive for ever

    1. Very true that kindness and gentleness are worthy chalices to strive for…and all with different levels of challenges, I reckon. Easier to shower these on people we love and gets increasingly more difficult when confronted by people less loved.

  4. Very interesting how you worded it, Eric! Kindness exists in and of itself, but it really is “something given” by the one possessing kindness. Just as rudeness is. But what makes kindness special is that this “something given” ultimately becomes a welcome gift! πŸ™‚

  5. Kindness is a beautiful trait fills heart with happiness….so beautifully put Eric,…giving always gives pleasure that taking…
    Charity in heart fills your soul wih eternal spring

      1. Hi Eric, no I have taken a break from blogging but hope to be back soon. I am hearing others are missing the posts. I am hoping to publish one soon πŸ™‚

    1. Interesting question Janna…why indeed. Perhaps, the next time one could ask…then again, perhaps not.

      Many years ago, I called a new company to enquire about one of their products. The woman was shockingly rude. I replaced the handset but felt outrage. I called the company again and the same woman answered – very rudely. I calmy asked why she behaved so, as I was polite, we didn’t know each other, etc. She went quiet and I persisted. She explained that she had a rough morning and went on and on…I got the distinct feeling that she was lying. Anyway, I offered her my sympathy and wondered whether she would apologise – she slammed the phone down! I called again, but she refused to answer.

  6. Such a wonderful, to the point post, Eric. You’re such an eloquent, amazing writer! My hope and wish from this post is that for everyone that sees this, one person could do at LEAST one simple act of kindness for someone they normally wouldn’t. And if that one simple act of kindness is too difficult to start out with, start with a mere smile and work your way up. It does a heart good!

    Thank you, Eric! πŸ™‚

      1. I WOULD NEVER ERIC ….IT IS YOUR WORK …..:)
        THANK YOU FOR THE LOVELY LOVELY INSPIRATION THOUGH …..
        I THINK I HAVE A NEW PROJECT IN HEART ……..
        INSTEAD A PAINTING MY APARTMENT A NEW COLOUR …….
        I THINK I WILL JUST PAINT WORDS I LOVE ALL OVER IT πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION πŸ™‚

      1. i really agree, loving everyone is quite tough to me, but we can try to be kind in behaviour as long as the other person will allow us to be πŸ™‚

  7. I was going to say too true but I can think of an example where a bit of kindness was really needed to lift the recipient from a hole, so in that example the recipient was enriched more. That said they probably both were enriched by it – but I take your point!

    1. You are right Elliot > Most times the recipient’s reward is immediate/here…the giver’s reward is also immediate but I like to think it accummulates where it counts – at least, that is what I believe (not all will agree)

      I also agree with you that sometimes, the recipient benefits more…such as when we throw a real lifeline.

    1. Kindness is free, costs us nothing to say kind words, show simple kindness – we get more than we give.

      Even the calculative among us must agree – this is a pretty good deal

    1. The pressures, demands and distractions of modern life. Plus, those who live in cities as strangers to one another feel they can get away with plenty…akin to posting nasties on the internet while hiding behind pseudonyms.

      The challenge is to rise above all this, I reckon.

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