The Power of Kindness & Being Kind | Inspirational Podcasts

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Today’s podcast has been edited an adapted from “The Secret of Success; or, Finger Posts on the Highway of Life,” by John Dale, published in 1898.

ONE of the great needs of the world is more kindness — the pure, natural, unaffected kindness of the heart. There are multitudes of people who are surrounded by all the comforts that wealth can bestow, and yet they carry with them hearts empty and starving for the simple kindnesses of life — persons who would gladly exchange their pretentious grandeur for poverty and its grim bareness, if it could be cheered by the sunshine and kindness of love.

The truth is, that many good people are ashamed to show the kindness they feel. They imagine it would indicate weakness and lack of dignity to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with them that rejoice, except in a very conventional manner. They entirely overlook the esteem in which the better part of the world holds kind words and actions.

Who can estimate the influence of a kind act? It may affect an entire life, or save a soul. Someone once truly said, “Blessed are we when we give joy even, for we do not know where it will end.” Who can tell how often the memory of a simple act of kindness will cheer and soften the heart for many years hence?

One of our primary duties while here on Earth is to cultivate a kindly spirit, and seek opportunities to do good and scatter blessings. Be kind to the young, for the trials of life are before them, and in their hours of struggle and discouragement, how much they will be cheered by the bright memories of past kindnesses.

Be kind to the middle-aged, who are carrying the burdens of life in the heat of the day, for sore is their need of the soothing influences that will lessen the friction of their ceaseless work and anxiety.

Above all, be kind to the aged — those who have struggled on amid the storms of life until they have grown weary, as they approach the haven of repose; let them feel that calm skies are above them, and the sunshine of kindly natures about them.

Remember that the years are fast bringing nearer the time when you, too, shall stoop beneath the burdens of age, your pulse be slow, and your step feeble, and then how grateful to you will be those little attentions and kind words which it is now in your power to bestow on others.

Be kind, because you will pass through this world but once, and neglected opportunities will not come back to you, even should you recall them with floods of repentant tears. Be kind, in mercy to yourself, for every kind word that you utter, every kind deed that you do, will help to fill your own heart with gladness, and will afford you such unutterable satisfaction as the wealth of a Croesus could not buy, nor the dreams of ambition attain.

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