MK Week 16 Kindness !?

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’

or

‘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!

 

 

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7 Responses to MK Week 16 Kindness !?

  1. Thank you for sharing and yes you are spot on..

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  2. Sandra Owen says:

    Love your post Anne. Everything is already there, its just that we do not always see. Bravo!

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  3. mkmmaasambush says:

    Very insightful post!

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  4. Suzanne says:

    “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.”

    So very true, Anne!

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  5. Great to read what Your focus on kindness does for Your experience of the week!
    Amazing!!!

    Mahalo, I appreciate You!

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  6. Lovely post, thank You for the in depth look at the meaning of kindness!

    Mahalo, I appreciate You!

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  7. Cyndy James says:

    Isn’t it just like buying a new car…once you’ve bought it you see them everywhere…great post anne

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