Hello Kind Living Friends!
What's the difference between being courteous and being kind?
I think being courteous is a social custom that we're taught. It comes with the expectation of being treated with courtesy. There's a formality to it, like using good manners.
I believe that, though related, kindness is something else.
Kindness is a self-contained act in which the action or thought involved brings its own reward. There is no expectation for reciprocity; in fact, sometimes we worry that receiving something in response to a kind act diminishes our kindness. For this reason, many of us prefer to complete our kind acts anonymously.
Consider a time when you behaved with courtesy and another time when you behaved with kindness.
- What was the same?
- What was different?
- How did you feel in both cases?
Have a great week!
FROM THE ARCHIVES - Kindness Seeds, 2014
Through our thoughts, actions, and attitudes, we are constantly planting seeds. What kind of seeds are we planting?
Six years ago I invited people to consider this question. Each day over ten consecutive days, and using inspiration through original drawings by Fish Astronaut, I encouraged people to mindfully plant seeds of kindness.
On the first day, which you can access here
, I explained the concept. Then over the next nine days, people received one of Fish's drawings, each intended to be a seed itself.
Access the drawings by clicking on the word "Next"
in each posting.