Joseph J. Mazzella
Being Kind

Over the years I think that I have heard people give me over a thousand reasons for not being kind. I have yet to find a single one of them that was true.


People have told me that you will be taken advantage of if you are kind. This may happen once in a while, but ninety nine times out of a hundred my own kindness has been rewarded with gratitude and kindness returned. People have told me that kindness will never put a single dime in your pocket. I have found my own kindness has always led me to greater opportunities financially, and priceless joy spiritually. People have told me that nice guys always finish last. I have found that being kind and nice has helped me to finish first in joy, first in happiness, first in love, first in delight, first in laughter, first in peace, and first in every essential thing in life. People have told me that showing kindness is weak. I have never felt stronger, more powerful, or more at one with God than when I am being good and kind to others.


The truth is choosing to be kind is one of the greatest, best, most beautiful, most loving, and most God-like things we can ever do. At the heart of every wonderful happening is kindness. In the soul of every special person is kindness. On the head of every angel in disguise is a halo of kindness. Kindness does more good, helps more people, changes more hearts, and uplifts more souls than a million smiling angels could ever count. It is the light of a shining eye, the music of a gentle laugh, the glow of a smiling face, and the magic of a caring heart. It makes the Earth like Heaven, spreads joy from the soul, brings love to the world, and makes saints of us all.


Let us all follow Mother Teresa’s wonderful advice then and: “Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, and kindness in your warm greeting.” Let us all always choose to be kind.

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