Category Archives: kindness

People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people will accuse you of ulterior motives, be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you – be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous – be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow – do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

“One of the most valuable things I’ve been reminded of [working on LotR] is the value of compassion. The importance of mercy. Especially towards people that you don’t understand or you have differences with. Understanding that even the smallest person matters. Let’s say we’re sitting in a restaurant and we’re talking about compassion and humility and how bad prejudice is, and the waiter comes over, and you say, ‘go away, we’re busy talking, can’t you see that?’ You’ve blown everything you just said. So it does matter how Merry and Pippin talk to each other. It does matter how I treat my son. It does matter how I deal with a waiter or anybody. It’s what each person does and how they react, that’s what makes community, what makes a society. It’s obvious, but what else is there? And that’s what the story tells you.”

Viggo Mortensen on LotR
by Emmanuel Itier
theBookLA.com
2004

… do all the good you can, by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,
at all the times you can, for all the people you can,
for as long as you can.

– John Wesley

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.  We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom and others lay brown beneath the August sun.  Care for those around you.  Look past your differences.  Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made.   And give.  Give in any way you can, of whatever you possess.  To give is to love.  To withhold is to whither.  Care less for your harvest than how it is shared, and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.

Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son

God comes to give us strength to abide inside ourselves, even with our fear, and to reach outside ourselves to others, to touch them with life, not death.

– Ann Belford Ulanov, “The God You Touch”, The Christ and the Bodhisattva

 

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