Kindness is never wasted.― Sylvain Reynard, Gabriel’s Inferno
One of the major themes explored in the novels Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture is kindness. I want to explore what kindness truly is.
What is kindness? I know what unkindness is and I could go on a rant on the ills of the world and its people, but that is not what this post is going to be about. I want to talk about kindness.
Is kindness the woman who sees an elderly man looking for something in a store, and ask him if she can help him? Taking time out of her schedule to stop and give another human being a hand.
Is kindness taking in a stray dog because someone has dumped him off on your street?
Is kindness helping the woman in front of you in line pay for her groceries because she ran out of money?
Is kindness donating to a charity because that charity tugs at your soul?
Is kindness turning the other cheek when vile untruths are spread about you?
Is kindness giving money to the person on the side of the road, because their sign is asking for help?
Is kindness organizing a group to do yard work for elderly people?
Is kindness teaching our youth to care about their fellow man?
Is kindness standing up for others, who don’t have their own voice?
Is kindness asking a co-worker what’s wrong on a day when they are in a bad mood?
Is kindness accepting an apology without reservations?
Is kindness telling the truth even though you may not be seen in the best light?
Is kindness truthfulness?
Is kindness not lashing out when a wrong is done to you, turning the other cheek for it to be slapped too?
Kindness is all of these examples and much more, it is the giving of your soul to help another person, and sometimes in repressing what your instincts tell you to do. It is what separates us from the unkind. So remember kindness before you act, waggle your tongue, spread rumors or ignore someone. A kind person is what we should all strive to be.