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  • Writer's pictureDr. Neal Nybo

Be Kind, Not Indifferent

I've been seeking to be kinder, and helping others increase their kindness, for about eight years. Recently, I’ve begun encouraging myself and others to be kind, not indifferent.

In a world that often seems consumed by self-interest and apathy, acts of kindness have the potential to create profound changes.

When we choose kindness over indifference, we not only uplift others but also experience personal growth and a deeper connection with the world around us.

In this blog post, I’ll try to share the transformative power of kindness and the reasons why it makes such a difference to prioritize compassion in our daily lives.

A Ripple Effect:

Kindness has an incredible ripple effect. When we extend a helping hand or offer a word of encouragement, it can inspire others to do the same. Our acts of kindness set off a chain reaction, spreading positivity and compassion throughout our communities. A simple act of kindness can brighten someone's day, and that person, in turn, may go on to brighten someone else's. By choosing kindness, we contribute to a world where empathy and care are the norm, creating a more harmonious and supportive society.

Empathy and Understanding:

Indifference often stems from a lack of empathy or an inability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes. However, kindness requires us to step outside of our concerns and acknowledge the experiences and emotions of others. When we try to understand and connect with others, we foster empathy and create a more compassionate world. Acts of kindness build bridges of understanding, reminding us of our shared humanity and promoting a sense of unity among diverse individuals.

Personal Growth and Fulfillment:

Choosing kindness is not only beneficial for those on the receiving end but also for ourselves. When we engage in acts of kindness, we experience a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Being kind allows us to tap into our innate capacity for compassion and generosity, enabling personal growth and a greater sense of self-worth. It reminds us of our ability to make a positive impact and inspires us to become the best versions of ourselves.

Overcoming Indifference:

Indifference often emerges from a place of fear or a sense of powerlessness. We may convince ourselves that our small actions cannot make a significant difference in the face of immense global challenges. However, by choosing kindness, we can counteract this indifference. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, has the potential to create a ripple effect that reaches far beyond what we can imagine. By taking a stand against indifference, we actively contribute to a world that values compassion, empathy, and positive change.

Building Stronger Relationships:

Kindness is the cornerstone of meaningful relationships. Whether with family, friends, or strangers, acts of kindness strengthen the bonds we share with others. By choosing kindness, we create a safe space for vulnerability and foster an environment of trust and support. It opens doors for deeper connections, enriches our social interactions, and creates a network of individuals who can rely on each other during challenging times.

To Sum it All Up

In a world that often emphasizes self-interest and indifference, choosing kindness can transform lives and shape communities. Acts of kindness create a ripple effect, promoting empathy, personal growth, and stronger relationships. We can make a profound difference by embracing compassion and rejecting indifference, one small act of kindness at a time. So, let's strive to be kind and create a world where compassion is valued above all else.

Be kind, not indifferent.

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Carolyn Keefer
Carolyn Keefer
Jul 18, 2023

So good to receive this message from you! It seems that your reminders on "Kindness" are becoming more and more necessary every day! Thank you for sharing and being in touch. I send hugs and best wishes to you and your family!


Karen Huber
Karen Huber
Jul 18, 2023

Such a delight to hear from you! Think of you and your lovely wife often and again appreciate your presence here while our Idaho church family was going through some challenging times! Sending loving thoughts to you and your family and great success in your continued ministry of kindness to others……

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