Proverbs and sayings often provide us with wise words from all corners of the world. Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation. Each Thursday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The theme of this week’s wisdom is kindness.
“The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm”
– Swedish Proverb
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century- Wiki.]
My Yoga teacher used to say that,
“Smiling was an art that comes from the heart and should be practised all the time.”
The kindest people I have met have had the loveliest, most genuine smiles. The heart may be the centre of love, but the smile is the centre of kindness!
Life may buffet and bruise us and although we put on a brave front, life experience and hard knocks are indelibly etched on our faces, and especially on our smiles.
If someone can’t find a smile, give them one of yours. Light up their day!
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Kindness costs nothing, yet can make a world of difference.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible!” -Dalai Lama
The Swedish proverb seems to both reinforce and contradict this advice.
What do you think?
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