Croatian Communal Kindness

Koprivnica, Croatia

While walking to the market, we were passed by a woman on her bicycle speaking to her child who was riding close behind.  She smiled and nodded as we smiled and nodded.  Later on, as we were returning home; she passed us by .  As she passed, she slowed down and asked us, with a smiling face, if we were tourists (in Croatian of course).  We replied yes/da.  Her smile widened as she said, “Ahh… Dobre Don” (good day)!  It was a simple act of kindness that warmed our hearts and widened our smiles as she welcomed us to her community.

 

Upon leaving Koprivnica, Blek (Croatian tata (father), 72) while carrying one of our bags, helped an older lady lift her bag from the train platform on to the train.  It seems like a small gesture, but her smile and gratitude spoke directly to our hearts!

Some behooving statements about kindness

It behooves the world for there to be more kindness among it’s people.

 It behooves our spirits to treat others with kindness.

It behooves the world for there to be more kindness among it’s people.

Kindness behooves us all to be more in our daily lives.

It behooves our souls to realize that happiness must come from within.

Kinship behooves kindness between people.

It behooves one’s spirit not to embrace victimization.

It behooves the world for there to be more kindness among it’s people.

It behooves humanity to think of others before themselves.

It behooves our hearts to kindly treat others as we wish to be treated.

For those of you who didn’t know, behooves means “to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for.” 

“Behoove.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behoove&gt;.

 

 

The Self Sacrifice of Kindness

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

-Mother Teresa

Each year during this time of sacrifice as a child growing up, my friends and I were always excited to share with one another what we would be giving up for 40 days.  This year, instead up giving anything up, I ask myself “what I can give: to those around me, strangers, and the world?”  In order to truly give to others; there must be a sacrifice of one’s self.  In order to sacrifice for others, one must step outside his or her own self-imposed boundaries.  The sacrifice of leaving that comfortable state will set you free to change people’s hearts and minds, one at a time.

Therefore, we ask you all to join us in sacrificing a tiny bit of yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone to help a fellow human being.  It can be as simple as a smile, a gesture, or even holding the door to an elevator.

Please share your tales of kindness with us so that we may share them with others.

Leaving you today with more Mother Teresa Wisdom…

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echos are truly endless.

Rarity of Quiet

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”
― Chaim Potok, The Chosen

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It starts at 6 a.m. with the alarms that wake us up.

Then the television goes on for the news, because so much has probably changed in the four or five hours that, maybe, I’ve been asleep. The coffee maker gurgles and burps in the background. The toaster pops and the skillet sizzles. The child groans and complains in an effort to resist getting out of bed, once she is up, fed, and  dressed,  I exchange a brief goodbye with my wife I open the door with a creak. I walk to the car, my daughter in front of me, shuffling her feet across the pavement.

The car rumbles to a start, the heater roars as it blows the still cold air through the vents. My daughter asks me to listen to the radio so I tap my phone to life and turn on the app to bring up her…

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