by Janee O., age 10
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain. Kindness lays the foundation for trust, successful relationships, and even the well-being of businesses. Without kindness our world would be selfish and disagreeable. So what is kindness? The definition of kindness is “the quality of being considerate, generous, and friendly.” Plainly put, kindness is magic. As you can imagine, a world full of cruel, merciless, and ruthless people would not be pleasant. This is why kindness is essential to our day-to-day lives. Sadly, this world is not perfect; some people don’t exercise kindness often. These people are familiarly known as the “bad guys.” They are ruthless, power-hungry villains. The “good guys” get all the empathy from the crowd; it is because they exercise kindness. Movie producers understand that being kind is what makes a superhero a superhero, and the lack of kindness is what makes a villain a villain.
Have you ever wondered how to show kindness? Extending your kindness to other people is simple. You help them in overcoming life’s countless obstacles. For example, in The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, the apple tree extended kindness to the boy by giving away what it had. Once, I created a card for a family with a new baby. It was a pop-up card, decorated with paper flowers. Although it took more than an hour, it was well worth it. The card captivated their two girls, and I am glad that I spent time on that card. Kindness is that simple. It does not need to be fancy, but effort is the outstanding detail. Jesus taught us the world is full of difficulties, but continues to state, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Kindness is a legacy that remains generations after you pass.