Being kind is more important

Than getting things right,

Than snagging the window seat on a long plane flight.


Than getting that prime, much desired parking space

Another driver took right in front of your face.


Than getting the biggest piece of strawberry cake

Your cousin grabbed first at the picnic by the lake.


Being kind is more important

Than getting to have the last word

In the argument that half the neighborhood heard.


Than getting to correct another person’s grammar

With the grace and subtlety of a noisy sledgehammer.


Than getting to tell “that stupid driver” off

When he navigates a rude and intentional cutoff.


Being kind is more important

 Than getting the big prize,

Or having a nicer house than the other guys.


Than getting the acclaim of being the best,

In a world where you think everything’s a contest.


Than getting your mate to say, “You’re right. I was wrong.”

So he can seem weak, and you can feel strong.


Being kind is more important

 Than getting praise for your knowledge

From someone who missed out on going to college.


Than getting the promotion or winning the game

So some other person can experience some shame.


Than getting to be the standout queen or king.

Being kind is more important than getting anything.


15 thoughts on “BEING KIND”

  1. This kindness message, in a clever poetic format, is a much needed message today for everyone! Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit that Jesus displayed for all of us. Thank you, Debbie!

    1. Thanks, Maggie. I’m reminded of that saying: Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat!

      Trying hard not to be a rat in central Indiana. 🙂

  2. I don’t understand why people find it hard to be kind. I think you are a happier person when you are kind. Mean and nasty people seem so miserable and unhappy. You can choose to be kind no matter what your circumstances are.

    1. Pam, we’re still spring chickens, but we must admit we grew up in the good old days. You’re right: Mean people live miserable lives. Have you read “A Man Called Ove?” It’s wonderful and proves this point!

      Sent from my iPhone


  3. It shouldn’t be hard to be kind these days but I couldn’t tell
    I sent this to my 17 y/o son who is kind and tender-hearted but lives in a world of seemingly judgmental sarcasm that I do not understand anymore. I want him to read something genuinely good 😊
    Thank you Debbie

    1. Jennifer, Lane is at a sarcastic age. His kindness and tender-heartedness will win out because they are much deeper in his soul. Keep putting encouraging, beautiful words in front of him. Besides, his mother is a walking example of kindness. I know her well. 😘

      Sent from my iPhone


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