An older accomplished artist who had just completed a magnificent sculpture was asked, “How long did it take you to finish this piece”? The artist, without hesitation, answered; “My whole life”.
Do the cumulative years of our lives alone make us better and wiser? I would suggest not unless we apply our life lessons to our daily lives and the constant practice of the principles of values we treasure.
The practice of kindness is one of those values that takes a lifetime of learning and application. Practicing kindness starts with having a positive regard and respect toward yourself. Treat yourself kindly. Next, practicing kindness necessitates taking generous action in the well-being of others and making their lives better.
Karyn Hall, Ph. D., in a recent article in Psychology Today, emphasizes a few different ways to practice kindness:
Be on the lookout to help people in need. Notice when others are suffering or need a helping hand.. and take action.
Be openly happy for other people’s successes. Celebrate with them.
Be gentle in giving accurate feedback when needed. Tell the truth in a loving and careful way.
“Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible.”
It is possible our older adult community could lead the way in this important practice. However, we will need to constantly keep working on this skill our whole life and encourage others to do the same.
Grace and Shalom,
President of Evergreen Commons
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32