K for Kindness

7:33:00 PM

The dictionary states that kindness is a quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Can you imagine a relationship where two people are never friendly, generous and considerate towards each other?

I am sure we all know those people who are very difficult to get along. They are difficult mostly because they rarely think of anyone but themselves. Nobody really wants to be around them let alone have any relationship with them. But it is only an act of kindness that can turn things around. I believe kindness is the key to getting along with difficult people.


Author Mark Twain has said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Every day, for close to seven years, Walter "Buck" Swords cursed and stomped his feet in his favorite restaurant, Luby's Cafeteria, demanding that he get his food exactly as he wanted it. Every day, for close to seven years, his preferred waitress, Melina Salazar, offered a patient smile and did whatever she could to help her most stubborn customer. After years of thankless service, Salazar was rewarded. When Swords died at 89 years old, just days before Christmas (2007), he left Salazar $50,000 and a 2000 Buick. "I still can't believe it," she said. After all, she says, he was always "kind of mean."

Of course not all acts of kindness are known to receive a reward as like Salazar did and perhaps no one will ever notice. But when someone decides to act kindly towards one person, it takes the relationship to a whole new level.

American creator of the Dilbert comic strip and author Scott Adams says, Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."

Take Away Principle: 

Kindness is the key to getting along with difficult people.

Tips on being kind:
  1. ·         Take time to understand people. They might be carrying things within them which have not been dealt with.
  2. ·         Take the initiative to do small acts of kindness. Don't wait for others to start.
  3. ·         Identify even the small places where you can be kind and act on it.
  4. ·         Don’t give up even when you don't see returns. It’s easy to get discouraged and stop after a couple of times. The key is to keep being kind consistently.

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  1. Well said, we must do our little bit of kindness whenever possible. It may mean a lot to someone. This was such an inspiring read, Danny!

  2. Beautiful post Danny! Be kind consistently and always with a smile and no purpose! :)

  3. So true. Lots of posts on kindness today. Good reminders.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

  4. This happened to a friend of mine. Her daughter worked in a tanning salon and an elderly man came in every few days with his wife while she had a tan. She was a cranky woman and one day the man came in and told the girl how much he appreciated the way she treated his wife and gave her the keys to a brand new BMW and insurance paid for a year.

  5. I think kindness is the key to getting along with all people. Kindness is love in action. Lovely word for K and great tips.

  6. A very kind post, Danny :) Kindness just needs a heart ready to give it out. And that is something we all can give, Doc :)

  7. What would the world become without KIndness...
    Good post, indeed Kindness is the need of the hour !

  8. I totally agree and one needs lot of patience to to deal with tough people. Wonderful post

  9. It is not tough being kind if you like the feeling it gives you. I just crave for that self- satisfaction :)

  10. I loved this post! I am generally short on patience with some people and sometimes it is extremely hard to be kind to those who are plain mean. ♥

  11. Kindness is a rare virtue as we give an extended part of the self. Beautiful people and more courage to those who are at the service of others.

  12. Hi there - I agree fully. I have a niece who I feel hurts herself more by her unkind acts. Many of her family have become leary of her, so now she's pretty much alone.

  13. Grandma always said 'you get further with a lil' sugar than you do vinegar'. Great post! *another a to z blogger

  14. Absolutely.Also, there must not be a thought of expecting anything in return.
    Be knid to everyone,irrespective of relationship

  15. I've seen that people who are generally kind to everybody tend to have many more friends and well-wishers.
    As Zig Ziglar said, “If you go out looking for friends, you're going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere.”


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