One morning, I was saying a prayer for my son as I often do. Without much thought, what flowed from my heart was: “Grow him up kind and clear.” The words just slipped out. Perhaps the alliteration facilitated the prayer. But as I reflected on the words, I realized that those two traits alone are the most I could wish for any child–or myself, and any adult, for that matter. What could be more important than kindness and clarity to navigate one’s life? Kindness speaks for itself. And clarity–well, clarity means the extraneous, the egoic distractions, the mindless chatter are burned away by the undeniable wisdom of one’s spirit. So that the inner voice can ring like one clear bell, guiding with unclouded integrity.
Your greatness is measured by your kindness… -William J.H. Boetcker
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. -Henry James
Tenderness and kindness are…manifestations of strength and resolution. -Khalil Gibran
It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. -Paul Rand