There are no small acts of kindness

kindness word graphic around seated buddha with colored chakras

Beckie’s Mental Mess recently nominated me for a Random Acts of Kindness award, hence the topic of this post.

I have found so much kindness in the blogging community.  When I’m struggling, I can always count on getting words of support.  When I’m feeling discouraged about blogging or anything else, I always get lovely words of encouragement.  The kindness that we show each other is one of the things that makes the blogging community

As a nurse, my job is to be kind to my patients, but for me it’s so much for than just a job; it’s why I’m passionate about my chosen career.  And kindness is one of those things that when it’s given, it multiplies and tends to come back to you.  One of my former patients was very fearful about a particular procedure, but I was able to set his mind at ease and make it easy for him.  As a thank you he gave me an amazing wildlife photo he had taken, which now hangs on my bedroom wall.

Sometimes kindness turns up unexpectedly, whether that’s someone picking up something you’ve dropped, or complimenting you just when you most need to hear it.  Even though Western society is very individualistic, and mental illness is often so very isolating, kindness can help to break down some of those barriers.

Some of my favourite quotes on kindness:

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can see hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” – The Dalai Lama

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert

“The true greatness of a person, in my view, is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop

 

How is kindness important in your life?

 

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11 thoughts on “There are no small acts of kindness

  1. Meg says:

    Oh, that’s a beautiful post!! I love it!! I love the wildlife image you saved! I know I’ve said this before, but if I were in the mental hospital, I’d want you to be my nurse. 🙂

    Love the quotes!! Especially the Scott Adams one. The butterfly effect in action!

  2. Karen says:

    Ashley, you are very deserving of a kindness award, congratulations.
    Love this post, it sums up the importance of kindness in everyday interactions xx

  3. ultraregret says:

    I agree with everything you mentioned, especially being kind when someone needs it the most, like in times of trouble. The thing is, being kind doesn’t require much effort. Being cruel on the other hand is a full time job and it’s surprising that so many people prefer to live their lives being indifferent to people in need of help.

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