“A little word in kindness spoken,
A motion or a tear,
Has often healed the heart that’s broken
And made a friend sincere.”
There’s nothing in business that pays so well as kindness. A woman may spend her money, and in proportion as she spends it she reduces her principal. With kindness the matter is different, for in proportion as you spend kindness your principal increases.
“You can catch more flies with a drop of honey than with a gallon of vinegar.”
Kindness is beautiful. It brings round you many persons who are ready to say kind words to you. This subtle, potent influence of having lots of friends to help you by their actions and showing their hearts is a great blessing. It is surprising that people know so little of the value of kindness.
Kindness means gentleness. No man is a gentleman who is not kind.
People are glad to recognise goodness and kindness in an individual. No one can act the part if she is not sincere. We must cultivate kindness, if there is little of it in our makeup. We must take an inventory of our qualities, and if the weeds of mean impulses are crowding out the delicate flowers of kindness, we should pull out those weeds and give the flowers a chance to grow.
Life at best is short, and the only things we really get out of life are happiness, health and love. Money cannot buy these things.
The trouble with many business men is that they imagine good examples and kindness have no place in business. They think the time to be kind is after they have attained success financially. They think the time to show kindness is outside of business hours.
The real way to be happy is to do the thing now, live each day for itself. Get kindness in each day.
The woman who is grave, austere, the woman who tries to skin the other person, who devotes all her energies to money-making alone, finds as the years go by and she has attained her goal, but that she does not know how to enjoy herself.
There are three periods in a woman’s life—the future, the now and the past. When we attain old age our life is largely made up of reminiscences, or looking back over the past. If our past life has been one of struggle, worry and getting the best of the other person, then there is little happiness in looking back over such a life.
The true philosopher does the thing now, she lives each day. She puts kindness into her action, and when she grows old, she can look back through a life that was pleasant as she lived it, and pleasanter now in living it over again.
“If there is any good deed I can do, or kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”