a tickle of words to create smiles

Kindness

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
~ Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is one of my favorite people who I delight in quoting. Most of her words are filled with love and wisdom that speak to my heart. Love and kindness are a standard I try my best to live in my thoughts, words and actions. One of the best ways to engage in conversations with someone you do not know is to express kindness to him or her. Today, when I was at Costco, I complimented a woman on her purchase of colorfully foiled chocolate eggs. They were truly beautiful.

She immediately gave me a warm smile and we enjoyed a brief, but joyful conversation. As she left the store, she seemed to be a bit happier than before we had our conversation.  I wonder how the rest of her day went. I was happier. It made picking up more frozen vegetables and Greek yogurt a bit more pleasant. The quick reminder in all this is, whenever you can, seize the opportunity to deliver genuine kind words to everyone you encounter in your day. You never know how far those words will carry onward. I am sending forth my warm wishes to each of you who are reading this, joy and delight for the rest of your day, week, and weekend.

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Comments on: "Kindness" (16)

  1. Beautiful reminder. We have the power to choose what we give to the universe, and every single day we should strive to at least one thing for someone who will never be able to repay us. Sometimes that’s as easy as letting a car into traffic or into line at the checkout. Other times it’s a little more personal – a smile to someone who looks like they need one – or pulling up a chair to share your sandwich with an old man who sits alone staring into the space where someone used to be – a corsage for the widow that shares a pew with no one – a salute to a veteran. The least of things can be the saving grace of things. We belong to them and they belong to us – and always we choose. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful sentiments, Tornadoday. There are truly so many little, yet significant ways we can share kindness to our fellow human beings. Yes, indeed, it is our choice. With deepest of gratitude, Angi ♥

  2. Great post – and thanks for linking to my blog! :)

  3. Hello Kiss of Bliss, I just nominated you for the “Sunshine Award”. I now see that you already have received this award. I am very appreciative for you and your posts.. Keep blogging well! – Andrew Gilbert

  4. So many forms, words and smiles can heal a tired soul…

  5. I love this blog! I created a challenge surrounding kindness. Thank you for sharing. Check it out if you like http://couragetoadventurecoaching.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/kindness-challenge/

    Sue Bock

    http://bestlifeafterbreastcancer.com

    http://couragetoadventure.com

  6. Because I think you are awesome times two, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Please go to http://momentumofjoy.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/sunshine-award-let-there-be-light/ to check out why I think you are amazing and what you need to do if you accept it. Love and light always! MoJo

    THAT’S RIGHT – YOU GET A DOUBLE NOMINATION BABY! ;)

  7. An honest smile can heal what medicine fails to…
    Good weekend to you too

    (edit made to remove, “no”) :) ako

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