5 Kindness Inspiring Quotes

One way to make the most of your day is to make another person’s day better through acts of kindness.

The ability to give and receive kindness, as we travel through life, makes the ride more fulfilling and rewarding. For you, and others.

Last week I shared three ways to go out of your way to be kind to strangers. I figured a follow-up post will not be out of place.

Kindness is not overrated.

In this post, I have curated five quotes that will egg you on to spice up your day with kind acts.

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Kindness is a choice. Make it daily.

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There is always a way, place, time to show kindness, and person(s) to be kind to.

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One way to live in the present is to do a kind gesture when it occurs to you. It can hardly be too soon.


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This one really got me musing.  Kindness beats effort in getting the job done; it is more expressive and persuasive than charismatic speech; it clarifies issues more than knowledge.

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You can always be kind.

The least you can do is give a genuine smile. Yes, even at a stranger in a foreign place.

A smile, it is said, is the same in every language.

Which quote did you find most inspiring? Which quote will you add?

 

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Kindness To Strangers: 3 Ways To Go Out of Your Way

“Wherever there s a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” It does not matter whether it is a sibling or stranger, friend or foe. Unfortunately, many are kinder to animals, and even inanimate things, than to a person.

That is not the way to live.

In this post, I share three ways you can go out of your way to be kind to strangers you meet every day.

Everyday opportunities to act kindly abound. To recognise and take these opportunities you must see that every meeting with a person, familiar or stranger, whether by design or chance, is an occasion to show kindness.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca’s quote above could not be more apt.

For many, myself included, it is easier and natural to do a kind act for family and friends, than to show kindness to that person we meet randomly as we bustle through the day.

Here are three ways you can show kindness to strangers.

1. Stop to ask to give a ride.

On your way to and from work, you can stop to ask people waiting by the road for public transport for anyone going your way. You don’t have to wait to be stopped. Particularly, I look out for the elderly, school children, women carrying babies and anyone with heavy items to carry. It does not matter whether the person(s) can afford the transport fare or not. But I do this when I know I have enough time to arrive work or wherever I am going on time.

2. Give a ride to the person’s destination.

If you can help it go the extra mile to drop the person you gave a ride to at his/ her destination. Trust me you are not going too far. There are times when I have taken people to their destinations. Mostly, their destination is not too far from mine or a little out of my way. A couple of times it was way out of my way.

3. Pay the transport fare.

I have been a beneficiary of this gesture twice. One time I left my wallet at home, and only realised it when I was asked to pay my bus fare. A guy overheard me when I was sharing my plight over the phone with a friend. Graciously, he paid my fare. I have had the priviledge to extend the same gesture to others. Sometimes, it’s a similar situation like mine. Other times it is an individual asking for a discounted transport fare or help (from the public transport driver or the conductor) because he/ she does not have enough or a kobo at that moment.

Being kind to strangers does not come easy. I struggle. Most times it is not convenient.

Being kind is not without bad experiences. I have been ignored when I stopped to ask to give a ride (some find it unusual or suspect); or been late for work or an appointment due to heavy traffic on the route to a stranger’s destination.

Notwithstanding, being kind is always worth it.

Every day, look out for ways you can help to make another’s day somewhat better. It is one way you can make the most of your day.

What tips for showing kindness to a total stranger would you add? Leave a comment.

The Delusion of ‘When I Have the Time’

To do anything worthwhile, the chief struggle people face is finding enough time. Maybe you can identify. I sure can.

The fact stated above brings to mind my blog.

Oh my blog.

If you were a baby you would have been dead, from starvation and neglect. The lack of vital nutrition from new posts would have nipped your life. I did not give you even the chance to regurgitate and enjoy the benefits of republished posts.

It’s been a hundred days! All I have to show is a couple of drafts that seemed worthwhile at the time. Though promising, turning them into posts seems so daunting.

Why won’t you be stunted.

But for the random visits and occasional comments you would have passed for dead. These flickers of life reflected on the stats page tell the tale, not of your resilience, but of your ebbing life. Thankfully though, it’s not all flatlines.

I have denied you the opportunity to grow – with fourteen missed meals!

You are dying. Because I am not writing.

You see I have been striving lately to make the most of my time everyday. My efforts seem futile. One of the things that suffer is my blogging.  I am so busy I keep saying, when I have the time.

As expressed above, it’s been 100 days since my last post. In that time I missed fourteen blog posts – I blog once a week. In reality, this is me passing up the chance to improve as a creative, and the priviledge to achieve my goal – inspire people to personal development and authentic living.

I love to write. I have a message. Writing is the outlet; this blog a platform. But why is it so hard to do that which one believes with a strong conviction is worthwhile?

With some introspection I realise my bane is procrastination, fed fat by the delusion of lack of time NOW. I kept saying, ‘When I have the time.’ Day in, day out.

Two people bolstered me into action. Their statements roused me from the mind-numbing, continuous chant of ‘When I have the time’.

John Meese from Platform University said, “The future is really busy. That time you think you are going to have … well, it will only exist if you create it.”

A friend posted on Instagram,

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In spite of the reality that there is so much demand on my time I keep putting off blogging, I resolved once again to create the time I need to blog. Quitting is not an option. Since making a difference with my writing and blogging is very important, I have moved it up my list of priorities.

And this post was born.

I have always known that I must create time for anything I deem worthwhile, but like Steve Covey said, ‘Common sense is not common practice.’

It is most likely you are also struggling to find time to do something you desire – work out, write a book/ read books, start a blog etc. You must create the time. Many out there are getting things done and achieving their dreams. They have 24 hours in a day, just like you and me.

“The future is really busy. That time you think you are going to have … well, it will only exist if you create it.”

Prioritise. All the things that demand your time cannot be equally important. Focus on the one thing, or few things that are most important to you. Set aside time and get it done. You may fail at it. More than once. But don’t be tired of failing. Don’t quit!

It won’t be easy. But it is possible.

Have you experienced the ‘when I have time’ trap? How did you escape from it? Share in the comments.