The beau­ti­ful, reaf­fir­ming cy­cle of kind­ness

Being kind to ot­hers doesn’t mean we agree with them. It means we’re con­fi­dent in who we are and aren’t th­rea­te­ned. It means we un­ders­tand the big pic­tu­re.

La Jornada (Canada) - - ENGLISH SECTION -

The an­cient Chi­ne­se phi­lo­sop­her Lao Tzu said, “Kind­ness in words crea­tes con­fi­den­ce. Kind­ness in thin­king crea­tes pro­found­ness. Kind­ness in gi­ving crea­tes lo­ve.”

Kind­ness is in­deed a po­wer­ful for­ce. Re­gard­less of how ta­len­ted we may be, kind­ness in­crea­ses our value.

For­mer New York Yan­kees shor­ts­top De­rek Je­ter is bound for the Ba­se­ball Hall of Fa­me - for his abi­lity as a pla­yer and his cor­dia­lity to­ward ot­hers. Op­po­nents talk of how he would walk up to roo­kies who had just ma­de it to se­cond ba­se and say, quietly and in­cons­pi­cuously, “Ni­ce hit, kid.”

To tho­se new in their ro­le as ma­jor lea­gue pla­yers, this meant the world. It al­so set a pre­ce­dent. If one of the grea­test in the ga­me could wa­rriors.” The­se are peo­ple who sin­ce­rely want to see po­si­ti­ve chan­ge in the world but res­pond with an­ger to tho­se who ha­ve con­flic­ting views, even th­rea­te­ning their right to ex­press their opinions. In a de­mo­cra­tic so­ciety, this is dan­ge­rous.

Being kind to ot­hers doesn’t mean we agree with what they say or do. It means we’re con­fi­dent in who we are and aren’t th­rea­te­ned. It means we un­ders­tand the big pic­tu­re.

Dr. Mar­tin Lut­her King Jr. said, “The arc of the mo­ral uni­ver­se is long but it bends to­ward jus­ti­ce.” When we com­prehend this truth, we know we can stand firmly for what we be­lie­ve is right and yet lis­ten to the views of tho­se who don’t agree with us. We’re awa­re that the out­co­me of res­pect­ful dia­lo­gue will “bend to­ward jus­ti­ce.”

It’s the sa­me on an in­di­vi­dual le­vel. As a tea­cher, I know the first in­gre­dient in an ef­fec­ti­ve class­room is a po­si­ti­ve re­la­tions­hip with my stu­dents. Peo­ple need to feel sa­fe in or­der to learn. Ef­fec­ti­ve rou­ti­nes,

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