Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All

Kindness in words creates confidence

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness

Kindness in giving creates love

~ Lao Tzu – Chinese Philosopher

In December, our minds are typically focused on the holidays… often referred to as the season of giving. Some people think of giving in terms of material items. In truth, that is not the most important offering one can share. Material gifts can be broken, lost, expire, and more; but kindness is a non-material and non-traditional gift that lasts long after the season.

Kindness in words that leads to confidence includes: acts of support, encouraging words, and things that help us to be confident enough to help others. Confidence is built on two things: our internal feelings about ourselves and what is reflected to us from the outside. An example of internal feelings would be people, who through hardships, recognize their own value and the importance of helping others. The parents of an autistic child who start a camp for autistic children is an example internal feelings put into action.  A community award given to these parents for founding the camp illustrates external feelings.

Kindness in thinking that creates profoundness is illustrated by medicines that were developed out of concern for an individual’s health and well-being. For example, the penicillin antibiotic developed by Dr. Alexander Fleming in 1928 was initially used for military purposes during World War II. By the late1940s, it became available to the civilian population. That kindness and genuine concern for the health of individuals resulted in the creation of the antibiotics that we all depend on today.

Kindness in giving that leads to love is the awareness of someone else’s needs and finding ways to help. Examples include: listening to a friend who is experiencing difficulty; lending our time to volunteer projects; and going the extra mile when needed. Giving is a gesture of love.

This season when you think of gift-giving, consider non-traditional offerings such as kindness, which requires no special season, has no expiration date, and is always welcome and timely. Even though you cannot wrap them, what better presents to give or receive than confidence, profundity, and love!

Whether you celebrate during the holiday season or not, we want you to enjoy being and doing what you like. Until 2021…

Frances Goddard, LCSW, BCD
Diane Harvey, LCSW