The Evangelical Universalist Forum

Random Acts Of Kindness

“I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.” - Mother Teresa

“The Librarian was not familiar with love, which had always struck him as a bit ethereal and soppy, but kindness, on the other hand, was practical. You knew where you were with kindness, especially if you were holding a pie it had just given you.” - Terry Pratchett,

When the supermarket clerk tallied up my groceries, I was $12 over what I had on me. I began to remove items from the bags, when another shopper handed me a $20 bill. “Please don’t put yourself out,” I told him. “Let me tell you a story,” he said. “My mother is in the hospital with cancer. I visit her every day and bring her flowers. I went this morning, and she got mad at me for spending my money on more flowers. She demanded that I do something else with that money. So, here, please accept this. It is my mother’s flowers.” – Leslie Wagner,

“I know most people want others to have good lives, and, when they understand the situation, they will do what they can to steer the world back toward kindness. This is when human beings, I believe, are most admirable.” - Daoud Hari

“For the multifold secret to work only one thing is necessary. You must take action. You must give. You must share. You must act with abandon. Send out waves of love and kindness into the world and then simply wait for the response. Or, better yet, continue to send out more waves. Why wait? The response will come. Keep sending waves and enjoy the reaction.” - John Kremer

“Kindness is like a muscle, the more we exercise it the better we are at it.

Kindness starts as a thought but ends as an action. Acting kindly toward others is the only real way to let people know we care about them and their happiness. Without action, kindness just lives in our minds but never touches the real world.

Being kind to others doesn’t have to be complex or fancy. Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are seen as the most sincere, such as holding the door, helping with directions, saying “please” and “thank you,” or even just a smile.” - Steven Handel

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“Every kindness we have done is a monument built in our name in the heart of God!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

“We need to spread more seeds and fill this Planet with love to be surrounded by flowers just everywhere! It starts by simply opening up our hearts and hands to one another. It’s in simple things where true Happiness may flourish. - Ana Claudia Antunes

“Lift up your eyes and see the good in the world, for we are people with an amazing capacity to do great good. And if only the minority choose to exercise this capacity to the smallest degree, oh how wondrous and sweet the deeds performed at but a few hands!” - Richelle E. Goodrich

“But deep this truth impress’d my mind:
Thro’ all His works abroad,
The heart benevolent and kind
The most resembles God.” - Robert Burns

“The real trouble is that ‘kindness’ is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature."- C.S. Lewis

“When we live in the love of God, we begin to pay attention to people the way God pays attention to us.” - John Ortberg

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“By dedicating ourselves to peace, understanding, kindness and compassion, we do our part to heal the world.” - Laurence Overmire

“Love is kindness, compassion, generosity, empathy, respect, understanding, forgiveness and sacrifice: the very best in us.” - Laurence Overmire

Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing

  • Watering my houseplants is a cue for me to expand my practice of kindness to animals and inanimate beings.

  • Watching someone give up their seat to an elderly person is a reminder for me to make the little kind gestures.

  • Knowing how nice it is to receive compliments, I vow to praise someone as an act of kindness today.

  • Blessed is the Gracious Creator who has established kindness as a healing balm in everyday life.

"Most people think I’m crazy—I’m in a cult called happiness, I practice the religion of kindness, I’m a quack in the pseudoscience of love, I work in the field of unlimited possibilities, my diet is that of knowledge, my orientation is irrelevant, my purpose is growth, my entitlement is freedom, my motivation is joy, my evidence is my success, and my race is humankind—I still haven’t figured out the crazy part.” - Drew Gerald

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“A glass of water has no value on its own, but the moment it quenches the thirst of an exhausted person, it turns more valuable than gold. Be a glass of water and quench the thirst of others. A glass of water doesn’t need any fancy introduction to be hailed important, it doesn’t need pomp and ceremony to be seen as significant, it doesn’t need any fancy attire to appear appealing, all it needs to do is be there for the thirsty.” - Abhijit Naskar

“We are most ourselves, the most human, when we unabashedly immerse ourselves in the world with love and hope, gratitude and kindness.” - John Sean Doyle

“Never ever hurt anyone in this journey. We are all travelers and we must carry kindness in our baggage!” - Avijeet Das

“Kindness is probably the most underrated human quality. We tend to dismiss it when we come across it and seek out more exciting character traits. But kindness is often a refined form of courage. It brings light and warmth into the world. You should always value kindness when you find it.” - Glenn Haybittle

“We can make a difference in another person’s life in any situation we find ourselves in, sometimes by the most seemingly insignificant acts of kindness.” Paul Holton

“You can make people feel good with a smile or a thoughtful gesture. You have that infinite power. Holding the door for someone can change their day. Kind words can change their life.” - Jolene Stockman

“Compassion is the artwork of tuning the individual plans with the grand plan of the existence.” - Amit Ray (Walking the Path of Compassion)

“Use your voice for good in this world~ There are many who tear down, but it’s those who build up that truly touch hearts & transform lives.” - Heather Wolf

“The world is hurting, yet people are still aggressive and unkind.” - Nurudeen Ushawu

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they are going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness & understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of reward. Your life will never be the same again” -Og Mandino-

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any -fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” -Wm. Penn-

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain-

“Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.” -Alexander the Great-

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