Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Spiritual practices - Component #2: Kindness - Do a good deed daily and random acts of kindness

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Do a good deed daily and random acts of kindness

To strengthen the spiritual component of kindness and eliminate the cardinal sin of meanness we can regularly practice random acts of kindness.

Boy Scouts of America in the 1950s had a motto, “Do a good deed daily.” The silly meme involved a boy scout in uniform helping an old lady cross a street. While the meme was somewhat silly, the motto is excellent and, if practiced daily as instructed, is a spiritual practice which contributes to an intentional desire to inculcate kindness into our daily lives.

As my friend, Al, reminded me at a low point in my life, the measure of a man’s life is not money, glory, honor, or any other indicator of success in the world of the ego, but kindness.

Kindness is not the same as being nice. Kindness is caring enough to help people become their better selves. In doing so, we become our better selves one day at a time, and hopefully one day after another.

So while it is a good spiritual practice to do random acts of kindness it may be even better to do a good deed daily. Of course these two ideas are not mutually exclusive. We can do both. How about doing a good deed daily and in addition engage in other random acts of kindness as well?

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