Some writers’ names have become adjectives: Kafkaesque, marxist, Orwellian, sadistic. If your name (or nickname, or blog name) were to become an adjective, what would it mean?
Kindly. My adjective would be ‘kindly’. In the old Thomas the Tank Engine videos that my sons used to watch when they were small boys, there was a character called “Mrs. Kyndley”. I wouldn’t mind being Mrs. Kyndley. Everyone liked her. She was a sweet and helpful character.
I was raised to believe the do-unto-others way of life or “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. I believe you get back what you give out. I try to treat others with kindness and respect. I’m not perfect, though, and if there are others that I truly don’t care for, I just choose to not associate with them. Perhaps that’s not treating them with kindness, but it’s better than treating them with open aggression.
There are too many angry, rude, obnoxious and aggressive people in the world today. I think we’d be a lot happier and get along a lot better with others if we’d take a deep breath and count to ten before we spoke when we are out in public. Hubby and I ate out last night at Outback Steakhouse. Our server was having a bit of a rough evening. She never brought us napkins or silverware. We ate our blooming onion with nothing to wipe our hands on and with nothing to wipe up the inevitable spills. She brought me a refill on a drink and brought the wrong drink. I heard the table behind my Hubby whine and complain about something they didn’t like, and a table adjacent to us complained angrily about an item that she’d gotten wrong. She kept apologizing. We didn’t complain. We just politely told her what we wanted and asked to have things corrected, and we still left her a generous tip. As my Hubby said, “truckers are known for being generous”.
Being generous and kind doesn’t hurt anyone.
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