Practicing it won’t make you perfect but it’ll make you aware. We’ve all probably been taught at some point in our lives of its virtues, but have we examined its meaning? What does it mean to be kind? To understand, perhaps it’s best to know what it feels like to be treated in an unkind manner. I’m pretty sure we can all remember the last time we felt like that. But can we remember the last time we treated someone with kindness? What were the circumstances under which we chose to act in a kindly manner. And no, I’m not talking about patronizing manners or obligatory responses. I’m talking real. Right here and right now. Starting with today. We’re all too busy thinking and worrying about ourselves and “what’s in it for me.” And in doing so we’ve missed the opportunity to respond to an overwhelmed student or coworker. All because, if you please, we were thinking all about “me” instead of “them.” We know what it feels like when we’re left to feel the sting of a perfunctory thank you or please. My challenge is this: let’s think ahead and outside of ourselves. So the next time we’re in a situation which may require compassion, we think instead of how we can best be prepared to respond to a need selflessly and with compassion for someone in need of a kind act instead of an eye-rolling dismissal. You see to be kind, we must think of someone other than ourselves. That’s how I wish to be remembered. As an example of kindness. We’ve been taught the lesson, but so have we learned? What a difference kindness can make.