Simple Kindness

Post by Contributing Writer, Lydia

I was young then, expecting my second baby.  I had joined a Mom’s group to make friends and garner support.  Although everyone was very nice, I felt a little out of place – at the time, I was 20 years old, expecting my second baby.  Almost everyone else was thirty or older.

I spent most of my time that year just sitting and listening to veteran wives and mothers give hints and tips on how it all works. Oddly enough, the only one I remember is also the most simple.

The discussion was marriage, and although I don’t remember her name 7 years later, I remember her words.  She said “My husband and I decided a long time ago to simply be kind to one another.”

Simply be kind. It was indeed simple, but her words seared in my brain and I have thought of them often ever since.  I know that there can be power in simplicity, and in that moment it was as if a lightbulb went on.

Of course.  If we are first kind to one another, just imagine how lovely life could be!

If I first remembered to be kind before words of frustration left my lips; if I intentionally greeted him with kindness at the end of each day.  If I chose kindness instead of irritation when things don’t turn out how I expect. Not only would I bless my marriage, but, in the process, I myself would be blessed.

Within the trenches of family life – juggling children, work, school, extracurriculars – it can be easy to live through reaction instead of with intention and purpose.  Prioritizing kindness does take time, but the benefits are truly limitless.

So, for today, give it a try.  Simply be kind.

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Lydia is Mama to 4 (soon to be 5!) little ones, wife to a wonderful husband, knitter, writer, grace-seeker and beauty chaser.  You can catch up with Lydia daily at Small Town Simplicity.

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10 comments to Simple Kindness

  • Tracy

    I hope lots of people read this and import this into their daily lives. Such a simple gesture. I believe more people would be happier if they choose to be kind to one another rather than be right all the time. Thanks for this simple reminder.

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  • Stacey

    I really needed this today. Thank you for sharing even this simple thought but one that I fail to do on an intentional basis.

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  • Kindness goes a very long way!

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  • It is God’s providence that I read this right now. A rough few days, son with a ruptured eardrum, multiple fruitless errands today and a house that is a mess…and father in law coming tomorrow for lunch from a distance. I have been reacting a lot today. Proverbs 31:26 “And on her tongue is the law of kindness.” (NKJV)

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  • Oh Adrienne, I completely understand! It can be so hard to keep that perspective of kindness during rough times! Hang in there!

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  • What a pithy piece of advice. I’d like to post it on the wall at work–you wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would) some of the horrible spousal conversations that can be overheard daily.

    I wish I always lived up to this little rule–I’m resolving to do even better!

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