The story is told of a rabbi in ancient times who gathered his students together very early one morning, while it was still dark. He put this question to them: “How can you tell when night has ended and the day has begun?”
One student made a suggestion. “Could it be when you can see an animal and you can tell whether it is a sheep or a goat?”
“No, that’s not it,” answered the rabbi.
Another student said, “Could it be when you look at a tree in the distance and you can tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?”
Again the rabbi answered, “No.”
After a few more guesses the students said: “Well, how do you tell when night has ended?”
The rabbi answered, “It is when you look on the face of any man or woman, and you see them as your brother or sister. If you cannot do this, then, no matter what time it is, it is still night.
With World Kindness Day just over, I’m still reflecting on the lovely theme of ‘make kindness the norm’. I find it easy to be kind to people – especially strangers and those who clearly are underprivileged. What I struggle with is being kind to people who are arrogant, opinionated, scheming, and unkind to others. How do we reach out to them with kindness. I know there are no easy answers and I’m trying to find a way.
Do you find it easy to be kind to people who push your buttons?'It is when you look on the face of any man or woman, and you see them as your brother or sister. If you cannot do this, then, no matter what time it is, it is still night.Click To Tweet
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