quote du jour ~mother teresa – do not think that love…

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

~Mother Teresa

the necessity of kindness

pathwriter’s note: To say that I’m dismayed by the mean-spirited rhetoric being tossed around these days with regard to the elections would be an understatement. I’m pretty much on a “news diet” as a result. Today, after inadvertently reading about a particularly nasty, disrespectful, demeaning comment, I hit a wall. I decided the only antidote was a blast of kindness, so here are a few quotes to help drive back the darkness….

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
~George Sand

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
~Mother Teresa

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
~Anna Sewell

I like how Mother Teresa put it: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.” If you approach life this way, always looking for ways to build instead of to tear down, you’ll be amazed at how much happiness you can give to others and find for yourself.
~Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.
― Richard Carlson

Be kind. It’s worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them.
~Viggo Mortensen

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
~Annie Lennox

Kindness is for all times in all situations – not just when it suits you.
~Audray Landrum

shining like the sun! ~tom shadyac

Everyday, we are assaulted with messages, images, slogans, and sound bites, that tell us of our inadequacies, the sad state of affairs that is you and me:  “With this product, you can lose weight, with this one, you can gain muscle; if your breasts sag, our bra lifts them up; if you have wrinkles, this cream irons them out; if you’re sad, we have a pill that will make you happy; if you’re too happy, we have a pill that will bring you down; if you’re not as much of a man as you used to be, this pill will straighten you out (literally!).  And everyone who’s anyone has itunes, the iphone, and the ipad, am iclear?

And we participate in this maddening chatter unaware, telling our kids that in order to succeed they have to get the best grades, get into the right school, and get the right job.  Continue reading