Recently, I was visiting another parish to help with their Reconciliation Services, and I saw a quotation posted in the bulletin board in their sacristy. The quotation is from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Reading that quote not only helped me in hearing the confessions that evening, but it also made me realize that kindness is a choice that we have to make every single day. There will always be reasons for us to be unkind towards others. Sometimes those are valid reasons and reacting with unkind words and actions sometimes feels right. But then it is always possible to choose kindness instead and choosing kindness is always right. Let us choose kindness, it is always right.
This reminded me of the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” wherein one of the habits is “Be Proactive.” Instead of reacting to negative situations we experience around us and allowing those situations to have a negative effect on our behavior and mood, we can choose to allow our values to dictate how we will respond to the situation. If we do that, if we allow our values to dictate our response, then for sure we will always have a positive outcome.
In this season of Lent, while we are doing our best to go through repentance for change in our lives, Satan will bring out his big guns to keep us from successfully changing for the better. He will send us situations where it will be so easy for us to respond with unkindness. Let us not give in. Let us be strong in our faith and stick to our values so that in every situation, we may have the courage and the presence of mind to respond with love and kindness. It is always possible. Let us choose kindness.
In Christ, Fr. Maro