This week our overall attention goes to kindness.
We have all naturally a more or less precise idea of what kindness is.
Someone who says ‘hello’, smiles and gives readily a hand can be rated as a kind person.
And it seems that there are people with a great ease to be kind and others who have even no clue of kindness.
But what is the official meaning of kindness?
A look in a German-English Dictionary was very interesting to me and showed me that this time the English adjective ‘kind’ has at least 14 different translations in German.
For the noun ‘kindness’ I found 4 different words in German.
A look into the definitions in English and German brought up a lot of considerations and questions.
‘Kindness’ is the quality of being ‘kind’.
‘Kind’ means ‘to be generous, helpful and thinking about other people’s feelings’
‘Kind’ means caring about happiness or feelings of others’
In German ‘kindness’ means ‘to be friendly, amicable, agreeable, complaisant, to have a pleasant, clement, forgiving, indulgent attitude’
Kindness is much more than the random hello or smile.
An interesting questioning started:
‘Why am I kind?’
Is there a difference in kindness in family, with friends and with strangers?
Am I kind out of generosity, helpfulness?
Am I kind looking for recognition?
Am I kind to avoid confrontation and conflicts?
Is refusing service the real kindness?
Whatever definition you give to the word ‘kindness’, once you have decided to see it in the world, you realize that it was always there. And the more you look for it the more you find it. Suddenly our eyes are opened.
This week helped me to deeply understand that all is already there – it is only the question of what I’m looking for.
What a wonderful week I have just had!