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Don't Regret Your Failures of Kindness

Shári G. Lynch

George Saunders recently delivered a great convocation speech at Syracuse University to the class of 2013, which should teach us all a thing or two about being kinder to one another. It may take some extra effort for some of us, but the simple acts will make you a better person. Don't regret your failures of kindness - make a conscious pledge to be kinder today.

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  • Lou Pizante

    I really like this simple, eloquent analogy: "success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it." I believe that simply understanding this (and, accordingly, striving up the mountain but paying attention to and enjoying the path along the way) has made me a happier person. Kindness is part of that. It is much easier to be kind and, aside from feeling good, its natural byproduct is to make the people around you happier, nicer and kinder. I have so many smart, driven friends that are chasing mountain tops and, while reaching some high crags, cannot find happiness... and precious time keeps passing.

  • janelle kacz

    Wow, I feel moved with emotion after reading that. We are all wounded in some way and have to work so hard to move outside of those issues. For some of us, we were not treated kindly as children and learned protective defenses just to survive. It can take a lifetime of relearning, rewiring, letting go, and healing so that we can truly become 'mostly love.' For a kinder world, we must start with ourselves.

  • Chelsea Spann

    So true. I think it's not about the big acts of kindness, but the little ones. This is so important. The way you communicate. Sharing your lunch. So important.

    • Hillary Newman

      Agreed. I was just talking to my friend last night about the different ways people show affection. We have friend who at first seems cold and disinterested. But once you get to know her better, it's clear to see that she's loving and a great friend. She shows her affection by preparing coffee and breakfast in the morning, opening up her home to her friends, and sending daily text messages to check in.