I called this blog Putting on the New after a passage that stood out for me in Bible study one day, but I was tempted to connect it with the verse from Proverbs 31:26:
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
I love this verse, especially as it relates to the writers here. We’re women just trying to learn and grow in our faith. I like that “kindness” is part of this passage, too, because I think the older and wiser you are, the kinder you should be.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen the benefits of true kindness when you don’t expect anything back. When I was younger and just trying to rise above my past emotional and economic circumstances, I didn’t think as much about kindness. I tried to be “nice” to people, but that’s not the same thing.
Now, I talk and think about kindness a lot. I write about it in articles and practice it as much as I can. I also try to actively seek out stories about kindness. I wrote in a recent blog post that “kindness is a fluid feeling combined with a positive act.” Kindness isn’t passive.
And I don’t know about you, but I feel like having a good life can sometimes make you forget about going out of your way to show kindness to someone else. I have to remind myself all the time.
The news sometimes thrives on the negativity. It’s a harsh world, and there’s a lot of bad things going on, and I get that they need to report it. That just means we have to work that much harder to seek out the stories that are filled with inspiration. Because they exist!
Here’s some I’ve linked to from my blog:
- Kindness Shown Again and Again After the Boston Marathon Tragedy
- Starbucks Encouraging Patrons to Pay It Forward
- A Stranger Who Paid for Someone’s Wedding
- A Girl Who Is Doing 89 Acts of Kindness to Honor Her Late Grandmother
- A Collection of Kindness Stories
- More Kindness Stories
I feel that the more I surround myself with stories of all the great things that other people are doing in this world, the more it will inspire me to keep showing kindness to others. I truly believe that’s what we’re here for.