Spread a little kindness

FineLinen

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A Kentucky-based nonprofit born as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is hand-delivering groceries and other essential items to community members who otherwise can't get to a food pantry.

Maria Accardi and Constance Merritt created Bringing Justice Home last year after recognizing that food pantries were hit hard by the pandemic, losing both supplies and needed volunteers.

They began delivering groceries and other essentials to people experiencing poverty and food insecurity as well as those with chronic health conditions who were unable to leave their homes due to the virus.

It was never just about delivering groceries.

"A much bigger company like Amazon could deliver food boxes to a lot more people than we ever will, but we're really trying to build a community where people look out for each other and share resources, outcomes and dreams."

By facilitating access to critical goods with the help of community members, the duo hopes to create a community, if not a world or a country where everybody has what he or she needs to live a healthy life.

Merritt and Accardi partnered with numerous local organizations that could help point them to people in need. In one instance, Merritt recalls a woman who had cancer and her oncologist talked to a social worker and said she was not eating what she needed.

By August, the duo, equipped with donations from people in the community, made their way to a local grocery store and embarked on their first delivery.

Since then, they have been receiving droves of donations, helping them to feed dozens of what Merritt and Accardi call their "neighbors."
 

FineLinen

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What is the meaning of kindness?

Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

But kindness means so much more.

Kindness can mean different things to different people. The meaning is in how you choose to show it. Be it through empathy, acceptance, kind gestures, thoughtfulness, the possibilities are entirely up to you. Kindness might look like being helpful or showing empathy. It may mean doing nice things without expecting nice things in return

Kindness is more than being nice.

Kindness goes beyond merely being nice. Would you prefer people to describe you to be "kind" or "nice?" There can be a lack of sincerity in just being nice; there is often a perception of doing the minimum. Whereas, being kind is doing intentional, voluntary acts of kindness. Not only when it’s easy to be kind, but when it’s hard to be.
 

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We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm, Some have yachts some have canoes, some are drowning. Reach out and help whoever you can.
 
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A few years into his work as a kindness motivational speaker, Houston Kraft met Helga on a flight.

She told him the last time she flew, it was because her father was ailing. Upon arrival at her destination city, she received word he had died.

She sank to the floor in the airport and wept for two hours, and not one person stopped to help.

In that conversation, Kraft realized he, too, a sought-after kindness expert, might have passed her by.

That encounter taught him to ask: What gets in the way of our being kind?

He arrives at: incompetence, insecurity, and inconvenience. His book is organized around these barriers, with kindness exercises to take readers to the determined, practiced, habitual kindness he believes will change the world.
 
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Kindness

Kindness is a behavioral action that others can see (aka a social signal). It has the qualities of affection, warmth, and playfulness. When we are kind, we are able to admit our wrong doing and reconnect with others. Kindness models openness and humility. This allows us to question oneself and stay engaged with others to promote social connection. Kindness allows us to emphasize the wonderfulness of diversity while living within our own values. It also promotes us contributing to the well-being of others, without expecting anything in return.

Compassion

Compassion is an inner experience. It can be directed toward another person or group, or it can be directed inward (self-compassion). Compassion is characterized by the qualities of sympathy, empathy, and concern. It emphasizes nonjudgmental thinking toward self and others, validation, distress tolerance, and acceptance of what is occurring. Compassion is oriented toward healing, alleviating suffering and acknowledging that all humans suffer.
 

FineLinen

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Kindness refers to feeling others as an extension of yourself, and taking joy in doing good for them.

Kindness means serving and giving, and enjoying it for the act itself. Kindness covers several other virtues and is the foundation of them all. These virtues include consideration, generosity, selflessness, compassion, service, sensitivity, friendliness, cooperation etc.

Kindness and its related virtues form the core of the social fabric of our society. Kindness is one of the best ways to experience something that is larger than you.
 

FineLinen

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"Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people." -Dennis Prager

"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." -Saint Basil

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
 
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