Kindness

Be kind, for nearly everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham Lincoln

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

If you can see some good in everybody, almost everybody will see some good in you.

Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone,
And a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent of a curse.

There never has been an over-production of kind words.

An elderly couple entered a third class hotel. To the clerk at the desk they pleaded, “Please don’t tell me there are no rooms. We didn’t know there were so many conventions. Usually we stay in Philadephia in another hotel but it is full. We have been all over town. They have stated that they have no rooms. Please don’t, therefore, tell us that there are no rooms.” The clerk responded that there were no rooms but that he worked nights and slept during the day, so my room is available if you want it.” The next day, at breakfast, the couple asked to see the night clerk. They told him that they wanted to do something to reward his kindness. They would like to build a big hotel in New York that he could manage. That’s the story behind the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. That couple was Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor.

People who are taken for granted feel unvalued. — Ray Cross

Don’t ever stop being kind and truthful. (Proverbs 3:3 NCV)

Let kindness and truth show in all you do. (Proverbs 3:3 NCV)

You are best to yourself when you are good to others.

Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad. (Romans 12:15 NCV)

Just as you want men to treat you, treat them in the same way. (Luke 6:27 NAS)

Make allowances for others and people will make allowances for you. (Luke 6:37 PV)

If you want to hit a person a knockout blow, hit him with an act of loving-kindness. — John Welch

“In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage–so long are you young.  When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old.”

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Give Now
Give the flowers to the living,
Let sweet fragrance fill the air;
Blessings follow with the giving,
Pure and sweet as lily fair.
Give the toilers oft a token
Of the love you would bestow;
Shower blessings on the living:–
If you love them, tell them so.

Give the flowers to the living,
Give them honour, love and cheer;
Let them see appreciation
Of their labours while they’re here.
Give encouragement and praises
To the worthy ones you meet:
Sweetest blossoms for the living
Strew the path for weary feet.

Give the flowers to the living
Scatter blossoms on life’s way;
You will see the glad thanksgiving
Beaming heav’nward day by day.
Like the loving Magdalena,
Giving all she could bestow,
Shower blessings on the living;–
If you love them, tell them so.

Music, flowers, sunny hours,
For the toilers here below;
Give the flowers to the living;–
If you love them, tell them so.

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Life Is Worth Living
What life is worth will all depend

Upon the life you live, my friend.
Defeated lives need never be
Life’s made to end in victory
It’s planned so all may someday see
Life is worth living.

The greatest of the joys abound
In lives where kindliness is found.
When self is lost to other’s needs,
When kindness soothes the heart that bleeds,
When hands work daily in good deeds
Life is worth living.

Beyond this realm of care and strife
There lies a far more blessed life.
Seek Him Who daily seeks you out,
So you may someday hear His shout
And have no reason then to doubt
Life is worth living.
— Donald Laverne Walker

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Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone, kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.
— Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet, jockey and politician (1833 -1870)