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Be Kind Whenever Possible

In the midst of living life, be KIND. If life is one of success, be kind and show others the way. If there is joy, lift others up and be kind. If there is a setback, be kind. This moment sha…

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The post linked provides a short list of what benefits we accrue when we are kind and two quotes that support the personal need to be kind. As challenging as it is sometimes, being kind is essential to our personal well-being. We feel better when we are kind to others. When we smile, we share what is good in our life with them and acknowledge them as a person.

The Dalai Lama said to be kind when it is possible and it is always possible. Kahlil Gibran counselled kindness is a manifestation of strength and resolve. When we are kind to others, we are mindful and present to them and their needs in that moment and act towards them in an uplifting manner.



About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

17 responses »

  1. Great thoughts. Kindness surely helps our inner selves and leads to happiness. Our gentle smile can lit up someones dark moment. Lovely ideas for the rewards of kindness. Thanks for the uplifting post. Take care and God bless.

  2. Thank you for the pingback and your thoughts.

  3. aloha Ivon. it seems to me being kind is easier than being unkind. being unkind means living in fear. what’s so hard about smiling too? these things are not difficult. living in fear is difficult. living in kindness is the opposite of living in fear.

    • Aloha Rick. Actually, it takes fewer facial muscles to smile than frown. It would seem to be easier. You are right Rick. Living in fear is difficult. We are always looking for the enemy and a place to high.

  4. Spreading Kindness is my main goal in life. Just a couple days ago my evening Facebook thought was the one from Dalai Lama. Kindness is always possible.

  5. A Great philosophy to live by.

  6. A suggestion that not only could enrich the whole person but all of society.
    Thank you for this wonderful post Ivon

  7. The power of kindness unbelievable. It’s a gift. So is smiling. Would that everyone knew.

  8. This was a refreshing piece amid all of the hatred nowadays.


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