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December 19: One kind word

"One kind word can warm three months of winter."

I came across this Japanese proverb yesterday and it struck a chord. Simple and complex all at once, beautiful in the depth of its meaning. 

Being kind costs us nothing. It doesn't have to be a great act, it doesn't have to be showy.

Kindness with no expectations, kindness giving to someone else simply for wanting to put good into the world. Kindness helps to bring warmth to the coldest and darkest of moments. Kindness keeps us open, accepting, and when we give kindness to others, we feel it in return.

One kind word to the postmaster who is dealing with the line of ten people, all trying to ship unruly boxes.

One kind word to the cashier working overtime.

One kind word to a friend who needs it.

One kind word to a stranger, because it could be the only one they receive today.

One kind word to a family member.

One kind word to yourself.
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