A while back I wrote a post prompted by Earl Dizon on the difference between niceness and kindness. I gave this a lot of thought because it seemed that the general consensus of opinion was that niceness seemed to lack authentic feeling.
One of the conclusions I came to after doing all this reading and thinking is that kindness is niceness on steroids. It springs from the same well and is activated by need in a time of suffering. I don’t agree with the idea of being nice as being shallow. I am thinking of kindness as a muscle. By daily reputations of niceness, you will build that muscle. So, when you are called upon to act, your kindness muscles are very strong with the muscle memory of being worked daily by niceness reps and do not tire from acting with kindness.
I still agree with the above conclusion. Over the weekend I happened upon a seven week kindness challenge.
This challenge started this week and is run by Nikki at The Richness of a Simple Life, http://therichnessofasimplelife.wordpress.com.
In this political year when there seems to be so much unkindness in the world wide web I thought this was just the thing to strengthen my kindness muscle to remind me not just to pay the NICE lip service to differences but to be truly KIND to people who do not share my political point of view.
Wishing you many opportunities to exercise your kindness muscle,