But the fruit of the Spirit is …kindness. Galatians 5:22
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
The best writing comes from connection, compassion, and empathy. In short: Kindness.
Kindness can influence the way we write or live:
In kindness there is a connection. You cannot be kind all by yourself. As we put words down and create story we can write in a spirit of kindness, reaching out to connect with others.
“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again.”
In kindness there is surrender. We have to give up something. A right. Something we possess. Time.
“The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.”
In kindness there is compassion. We give of ourselves because we have received. God is described in the Bible as the God of all comfort:
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:4
We have received kindness from others. Other writers have shared their stories and pain allowing us to move from isolation to the knowledge that we are not alone in our humanity.
We have received kindness from God. The comfort we have experienced from faith gives us the strength and ability to comfort others.
Where have you experienced kindness?
Can you use a little kindness? Please share.
Betsy and Laurie