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Being Kind

of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals.


I left a donation in the container at the Ukranian market. I did buy two items using the pictures. My best guess. I haven’t been in a market since my last trip to NYC. This was quiet. Fewer shoppers. No grill running. No hot coffee on demand. But as I accepted the change from my transaction, I added another folded bill and placed it in the container marked “Humanitarian Donations”. My step was lighter, the bell rang and I exited the market.

Being Kind is of first nature to some folks. I know that a picture of my friend belongs next to “Being Kind” in the dictionary. “Being kind” is being the bearer of alternating cups of coffee on alternating days in the dorm. “Being kind” is checking in before, during, and after sessions. “Being kind” is ingrained in her DNA. “Being kind” as a teacher takes patience and Kitty Donohoe is filled with kindness. Thanks for reminding me of the value of kindness in all human beings.

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When you hear “kind” who do you immediately think of? What specifically says “kind” to you?


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12 responses

  1. So glad you were able to make a donation to support those poor people of Ukraine. I am making weekly donations to the World Central Kitchen right now, hoping it helps in some small way. I am not sure it is “kind” – but it seems unfair to have a full refrigerator and safe house while an invasion is causing death and destruction for so many innocent people.

    1. Anita,
      It was more personal to get a bigger picture of Ukrainian culture in a quick visit. So much suffering. So many needs.

  2. Aaah, your post is timely. I appreciate the reminder to be kind and all that it means to be kind in our chaotic world. Maybe a post tomorrow about what it means to be kind. Thanks, Fran.

    1. Chaotic is so true.
      Sometimes we seem to be hurrying through life so we may appear as our kindest self. Perception is always in the eye of the reader … whether it is words, images or actions.

  3. I just wish being kind was ingrained in so many more people. What a better world we would live in.

    1. Good wish.
      This is a part of my March focus!

  4. I think you are one of those folx … at least in my dictionary!

    1. Clare,
      Your picture would also be there.
      Yo fit into so many pieces of life!

  5. Kitty (Mary Catherine) Donohoe | Reply

    Dearest Fran, YOU are one of the kindest people I know. I am so touched and honored that you wrote about me in this post. Touched deeply. With love, Kitty Donohoe

    1. Kitty,
      You touch so many lives wirh your kindness. It’s an honor to be a part of your life!

      1. And it is an honor to have you as a part of my life! ❤️❤️

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