Word To Live By: Kindness

Best Word of The Week

Words You Can Use This Weekend was the most visited post of this week. It was published last week in fact but many of you seemed to be drawn to it and that is understandable. In our world today, we say and read so many words. Sadly, many of the words making headline news are filled with animosity or downright cruelty and hatred one person or group towards another. When the headline words are less hateful, they are filled with fear or sending a message that somehow you are not enough.

Thankfully, there are other sources of words and in our technological age you can get other words – ones that motivate and urge you to see the world for all that it is. Take the word for today “Kindness.” November 13 is observed in many quarters as World Kindness Day and that is definitely a word that we could say and BE more of this and every day. Since 1998, this day in November was so designated and millions around our world have put meaning to it through various activities.

Today is also the day that we share with you our roundup of the most visited, read and commented on posts. As stated in the opening paragraph, it was last week’s roundup that ruled this week – at least so far. The three top posts of this week, which for us starts Saturday, funnily enough can be connected (my favourite thing to do) to this word – Kindness.

Synchronicity is another word that comes to mind each week that I do this roundup. Truthfully, synchronicity is a word that plays out in my life every day. I am sure it does in your life as well but unless you become aware of how this delightful woman plays – or rolls – you might miss the elegant twirl of her wrist!

Kindness Is The Thread

This week, synchronicity and kindness were both present in our posts, starting with the (next) most read post of the week:

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An amazing 2016

3 Roadblocks To An Awesome 2016 – This article was outwardly focussed on checking where you are with the goals or intentions you set for 2015. In it, I highlighted how we could use the remaining now less than 50 days of the year to make some of these intentions a reality. As well, you were invited to download my FREE E-Book “Before The Year Ends,” to help you prepare for an awesome 2016. Some of you took up the offer and some messaged me about not realising 2015 goals and asked what to do. This is where the word “kindness,” comes in. Wherever you are with your goals and intentions, you must be kind with yourself and today is a great day to start. Berating and shaming yourself for not losing weight, not getting the new job or not yet buying the winning lottery ticket will have the opposite effect of getting you to the dream. Do have a read of that post again and seriously consider getting my E-Book.

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Filling The Dad-Sized Hole In Your Life was one of the most vulnerable pieces written and shared here by Contributor Alexis Ali.Β  Responding to a reader’s request that we discuss “emptiness,” Alexi was the second contributor to share her experience with the loss or absence of someone. Your comments were as equally vulnerable, warm and, yes, kind.Β  As absent as that word was in Alexis’ relationship with her father, it was resplendent in your support of her and anyone who has had a similar experience. Check out Alexis’ article, as well as the first one in the series written by Clara Brown.

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Kindness – word of the day

No other post of the week directly hit the nail on the head of the word kindness as Contributor Katelyn Roth’s piece on food banks did. When she was first asked by me to do this piece, we exchanged a few emails about angle and foundation for our look at the subject. What Katelyn wrote was a fantastic blend of women’s issue conversation, demonstrating kindness and how to end poverty. Have a read of “Food Banks: Help Up or Hand-out,” and see what I mean.

Every weekday, we try to present a mix of articles covering a range of topics related to women’s empowerment and women’s issues. While we do not choice a specific word to focus our attention on as we write, we do pay attention to the words in our posts to make sure that we are neither myopic, ignorant in our presentations or one-sided. Kindness to all parties involved in any situation that we decide to cover is an unspoken rule here. Even when visitors make comments on our posts that reek of something contrary to kindness, as the one who mainly responds I try to be what might be missing – kind.

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Word For The Weekend

My philosophy is simple – you get what you give. So each day the desire is not how to get more money, more followers, more subscribers but how to share kindness and love. As nations and people of this world, we have for long tried the other ways – warring, conflicts, judgement, etc – and to what end? If in this corner and with you we can spread kindness and love, and that sets hearts alight as you visit with us, then our job is done.

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The word that means most to me is LOVE. It is corny to some, has only romantic connotations for others and maligned by too many. However, watching the news (something that I have started doing again recently) its absence in our world and in too many hearts is all too clear. So this weekend, why not try “love” in every encounter? No, I am not sending you to hug everyone you meet. You can if that is your style. What I am suggesting is to let the word inform your relating – everywhere. At the grocery store, in traffic, on the telephone with a customer service representative, with your adult child who will not leave home, with the homeless stranger. Everywhere and with everyone.

Our next post will be on Monday but you can drop by over the weekend and share your “Love fest.” Feel free to post a comment that includes a link to your act of kindness and Love. I would love (that word) to see them. Do also check out Claudette P. Esterine Weekly – my revived online newspaper. The next issue will be on Sunday morning. Did you read last week’s? It is available on the right side bar of this post or you can check it out here.

Do have a kind and loving weekend!

Namaste.

Claudette P. Esterine
Claudette

 

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46 thoughts on “Word To Live By: Kindness

  1. […] sensibilities that do not necessarily allow such display. So expressing my gratitude by her overwhelming kindness, I said to her “I hope you don’t mind my saying this but may God bless and keep […]

  2. I am always teaching my children about kindness. I was not a very nice teenager and until I had my children I didn’t realize how much damage some of my words and actions could have had on people.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I cannot express my gratitude to you for sharing that testimony with us! I am absolutely sure that it will help someone to stop and think about the messages they are sending to their children! Namaste. πŸ™‚

  3. This is indeed a great post and a great word. Kindness is something some tend to forget but the more we do and say it the less we all will forget it. Thanks for sharing and we could all use a little more kindness in our life right now.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are welcome and you are right – some more kindness right now would serve us all well! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  4. kindness, oh kindness….it’s nice to remind people to be kind and be nice with everyone they interact everyday..I can only imagine the world filled with kind people πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Let us imagine it into realist Jojo! πŸ™‚

  5. Kindness is a very important word to live by and it is very important to teach our kids the importance of the world.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Especially now! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  6. Kindness is definitely needed in this World. With the horrible acts committed in Paris, I also wish for peace and compassion

    1. Ms Claudette

      i am so with you on that Shann! πŸ™‚

  7. Victoria

    love this post. i’m trying to be kind to everyone but the other people makes my mood bad.

    1. Ms Claudette

      i hear you but it is up to us to – my favourite thing – let it/them go if they are constant bearers of negativity.

  8. In light of all the horrific events, its even more important that we do our part to continue to spread kindness. Great round up.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I could not agree with you more!

  9. I love that there is a day celebrating kindness, in light of the events that have happened in the last week i.e. France we must stick together as a community and show random acts of kindness that will lift their mood.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh yes indeed, we must all come together otherwise we will all together be annihilated. πŸ™

  10. What a great post! I have been working on making kindness an outward action and it has been life-changing πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad to hear that! Please share with us as you wish how your life has changed. Feel free to post a link to your blog story here. πŸ™‚

  11. I will definitely try to live love this weekend! What an inspiring post to get the weekend started πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad you think so! Yes, let us fill our lives with love this weekend in light of all that is taking place in our world. πŸ™‚

  12. I like the idea of love taking over the weekend in all we do! Great word for the weekend!

    1. Ms Claudette

      In light of what happened yesterday in Paris – it is even more important that Love be our guide even and especially in light of this demonstration of cowardice.

      1. Indeed. Paris is definitely feeling love from the world right now, and I’m glad so much kindness and caring is being shown.

        1. Ms Claudette

          Yes, we need to spread love lavishly all around the world affected by this heinous acts! πŸ™

  13. Rosey

    If everyone was kind the world would sure be a nicer place.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh yes, it would be. πŸ™‚

  14. Great post and great reminder that kindness counts even when we don’t feel like it. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it does. Thanks for dropping by Chanelle. πŸ™‚

  15. this is a really nice post highlighting things across the web if perhaps one didn’t come across them

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you. We are highlighting things across this blog that we posted during the week.

  16. Elizabeth O.

    Can’t we all just be a little bit kinder? That would do loads for people. If only everyone would spread kindness everyday, the world will be in such a better place.

  17. It can be difficult but being kind is important!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Of course, it can be downright challenging and the last thing you want to do! But such a sweet feeling when you are. πŸ™‚

  18. Being kind to one another is so amazing. Kindness without expecting in return is so sweet.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It just fills your heart when you are able to do something, give something – even a smile – with no expectation of return, isn’t it Jessica? πŸ™‚

  19. dltolley

    Kindness is crucial!
    My Mom always told us that the most important thing we could do in this world was be kind. Her words? It’s nice to be important. But more important to be nice.

    I love the little poem:
    I have wept in the night
    For the shortness of sight
    That to somebody’s need made me blind;
    But I never have yet
    Felt a tinge of regret
    For being a little too kind.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amazing!!! Love it! Love all of it! Thank you so much Diane for sharing those gems! πŸ™‚

  20. kindness is a great word to live by

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is – even in light of the cruelty around us.

  21. Such a great post! What’s that quote…”Be kind to everyone, because everyone is fighting some kind of a battle.” (Something like that)

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that! It is so on pint! Thanks for reminding us all of that truth. πŸ™‚

  22. I will try my hardest to be kind to everyone. Even the ones that make me mad.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Funny enough, they are our best teachers! πŸ™‚

  23. Great post. We could all use a reminder to be kind even when our day is not going so well. Kindness is contagious!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is! Thank you for yours! πŸ™‚

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