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Power of kindness can change your life

Yesterday was a special day for me, filled with magic, as every day should be. My first guest post was published by a new friend in the blogosphere named Steven Aitchison, who runs a high-powered personal development blog in the UK.

The post is about the power of kindness and its potential to transform our lives – not by fighting with our circumstances but by expressing a strong, kindhearted spirit in the little moments of everyday living.

Title of the post is: "Looking for peace in troubled times?" It's still up at Steven's blog and I'd be tickled pink if you hop on over and take a look at it.

Power of kindness in action

Part of the magic that I touched yesterday was reading and responding to the many people -- 16 at last count -- who wrote a comment in response to the post I had written.

As I read the various comments I was touched by a common theme that ran through each one, to let our life be truly worthwhile, and to express the power of kindness and compassion in the little moments of our lives.

Where truth and integrity are held dear

I've been convinced for a long time that there is a body of people in this world spread across every continent and culture in whom truth and integrity are held dear no matter what is happening in the external environment.

The following words from one of the comments speak for this unknown but vitally important, utterly unconquerable tribe:

“In this manic modern world full of a drive for having, wanting and getting, simple human attributes such as kindness have gone off the radar. Posts like yours hopefully will change that. Kindness brings us together, connects us, and breaks down barriers of all types. We need to be more kind because, after all, we are one race called humanKIND. It’s a clue about what we are really here for.”

Kindness cannot be forced

As was emphasized in many of the comments, kindness cannot be forced but must appear naturally. In this regard I love the following quote from A Kinder World.

“One cannot invent kind acts by searching for people to be kind to or by brainstorming ideas about kindness. Life is all around us and all life needs kindness…. most of the time, it just takes a tiny word, a scribbled line of thought, an act of sympathy, a smile or a nod in the right time and place to bring sunshine to the life of another person.”

Welcome to my blog

I express my deep gratitude to Steven Aitchison for publishing my guest post on the power of kindness, and thank all those who read the article  or comment on it. Also, a warm welcome to those who visit my blog after reading it.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Neva Flores July 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

A wonderful post Christopher and I agree wholeheartedly with you and your stance. Congratulations on your guest post on Stephens blog, which I thoroughly enjoy myself.

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Christopher Foster July 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thank you for your kind words Neva. It’s a real pleasure to hear from you and I look forward to visiting your blog and keeping in touch with a kindred spirit… Best wishes, Chris

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Steven Aitchison July 2, 2010 at 12:39 am

Hi Christopher

I am so glad you enjoyed the experience at CYT. I really appreciate your writing and was glad and honoured that you could write for the blog.

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Christopher Foster July 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hi Steven,
I’ve had some wonderful adventures in this life. But I can’t think of a greater thrill than the one I had yesterday, as I welcomed the various comments that showed up on your blog in response to the guest post I wrote. Thank you again for this opportunity. I look forward to write another post for CYT by and by — thanks again for all you are doing to be of service in this world.

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Robin Easton July 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

Dear Chris,

Reading this post was like reading myself in that it is something that I have found through blogging. By “found” I mean that in blogging I reach 100s of 1000s of people every year and when I first started blogging 2 1/2 years ago I thought it would be impersonal even invasive and soul destroying as opposed to “real” contact with “real” people.

But the greatest thing I’ve learned by blogging is that the people who come to my website and blog, ARE REAL. They are good, decent, loving, compassionate, helpful, deeply caring souls. Most have been with me since the beginning of my blog. I have fallen in love with them and cherish their “being” in my life. It is a HUGE gift. I mean POWERFUL, UNFORGETTABLE gift.

These souls and their love have changed my life and my view of humanity. The media (if we watch it, which I don’t even own a TV by choice) will often try to tell us that world is a dark cruel place only full of mean uncaring people. That is just NOT true. The world is FULL of astounding people.

Reading your post really warmed my heart. I am pleased to meet you and thank you for “seeing” and sharing who you are and what you see. It’s is sooo important.

Hugs,
Robin

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Christopher Foster July 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thank you for this beautiful message Robin, and for sharing these very deep, personal and inspiring realizations. What you say feeds my spirit. You also give me a ton of encouragement. I think to myself Ah-ha, she has done it, I can do it too — develop loving, caring connections with real people — find an audience of kindred spirits just like she has. Surely we share the same work and it is a good work. I love it when you say the world is full of ASTOUNDING people, because every day confirms for me that this is indeed true.

I just have to be patient and stick with it, as my new friend Steve Aitchison puts it…and most of all, genuinely appreciate and care for and love those who show up at my door. Thanks again Robin and I look forward to visiting your blog.

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Ingrid July 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

It strikes me that we have so many more “‘little moments of everyday living” than major, dramatic events in our lives in which to express kindness. If we await major events or the like to offer something to others or to feel good about life, that leaves most of our lives barren. However, if we learn to fill every moment with kindness and consideration for all of creation, our worlds are then filled with this magic dust. How wonderful that more and more people are awakening to this truth.

I am also reminded of the movie about St. Francis called, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” in which one of the beautiful songs says, “Small beginnings, greater ends, heartfelt work grows slowly….Do a few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.” The Truth has always been carried forward by some individuals–it appears that now is the time for more of our brethren to recognize and live into this simple but profound aspect of Truth.

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Christopher Foster July 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Beautiful comment Ingrid. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I love the way you describe how we can fill the little moments of life with “magic dust,” and thank you too for your words about “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.” I haven’t seen it but I look forward to seeing it very soon. All the very best to you Ingrid.

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Walter July 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I’m glad you have had your first guest post over at Steven’s. Frankly, you have had a powerful message that many would appreciate and learn from. I did. 🙂

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Christopher Foster July 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Hi Walter. Many thanks for your kind and encouraging words. I’m very happy to make your acquaintance.

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enayet July 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Chris : As always, your thoughts are very refreshing. In the world of materialism, your articles bring a sweet taste of fresh spring water that soothes the soul. Thanks very much, and keep it up.

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Christopher Foster July 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Your words are beautiful. Thank you Enayet. Very happy to be in touch with you.

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