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The Coin of Kindness II

I published "The Coin of Kindness" at the beginning of this year. The events of the year have led me to revisit it, add to it, and publish. Why? Kindness and civility are in short supply and are beginning to become rarer. Nasty seems to be the "Flavor of the Month." Join me in bringing as much kindness and civility to your environment--it is so badly needed.

I heard once that

“Kindness is the currency welcome everywhere.”

But the idea of kindness as a “currency”

Devalues its intrinsic value

By presupposing a transaction.

But it is getting rarer and feels all the more priceless

By its relative absence.

Like a diamond buried within the earth

Our society seems to want to bury kindness

And replace it with words that get attention

--and not for their beauty.

We need kindness

But even more we need to be kind.

We can't buy or sell it--

No kindness is freely given

Like air and like oxygen

We all need it.

We often analyze the source

Or measure the quantity

Or weigh the impact of kindness

Instead of taking it into our hearts

And nourishing it to help it grow so large

That we have to give some of it away.

And it is still welcome everywhere.

Heads or tails, it is beautiful

The head of kindness is its outer beauty

The tail is the beauty it fosters in us.

Carry the light of kindness with you like a torch

And bring it to the dark corners.

Spend the coin of kindness freely

It is always a wise investment.

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