Thursday, March 15, 2012

Show a Little Kindness


Have you ever had to rely on the kindness of strangers?

Kindness is a very important virtue, and I think many times it's overlooked because it's so simple. Kindness can be as simple as a smile, merely opening a door for someone who has their arms full, or to push someone down a hallway in a wheelchair.

If you work at it kindness can become part of who you are. Do you remember the "Random Acts of Kindness" craze that was so popular a few years ago. The movie Pay It Forward, used random acts of kindness as a theme. Kindness can become part of your character.

Did I say character?

Well, of course, that's going to bring up writing. Do you have characters in your story who are genuinely kind? So kind that they would give the shirts of their backs to help another character? I hope so. Your story needs characters who are mean, but also characters who are kind. Show your hero's kindness by his thoughts or actions. And he doesn't need to be kind at the beginning of the story, but hopefully by the end he should have grown and learned the value of kindness.

Take a challenge and write a scene where one of your characters performs a random act of kindness.

I'm in Ireland this week with my daughter. Hubby stayed home. :(

My daughter and I will be relying on the kindness of strangers, in a strange land. I hope we have the luck of the Irish with us.



Oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day on the 17th. We will be in Dublin that day. It might get very interesting.

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6 comments:

  1. Visiting Ireland for St. Patrick's Day weekend sounds like an awesome time!! Have fun, Kathi!

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  2. I'm working on being kind to strangers, mostly by not immediately getting angry at them when they do something to inconvenience me. (Ever notice when we accuse someone else of being selfish, often what we're really saying is "You're not thinking enough about ME!"?)

    Have fun in Ireland! I have several characters from Ireland, and getting all the slang right is quite a challenge. It's amazing how much the same language changes from country to country (and even region to region!).

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  3. Kathi so happy for you to have that grand of a trip, enjoy and I am sure you will find many folks there giving you kindness.
    I always try to be kind in my daily life and get little put out when others are in such a rush and dont reciprocate..
    Paula O

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  4. I love random acts of kindness. I never thought of how that could improve a character in my writing.

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  5. Laura,
    My schedule was off and we ended up in Galway on St. Patrick's day. What a fun, fun time. We traveled down to see the Cliffs of Mohr and in every little town on the way there were all sorts of celebrations.

    Jordan,
    You're right on! When we accuse others of being selfish we're often saying "You're not thinking of me."
    We had a great time in Ireland! But I'm glad to be home. There's no place like it. ;)

    Paula,
    We did meet many kind people on our trip. And I don't know what we would have done without them. :)

    Happy Whisk:
    I'm glad you liked the picture. (I'm thinking your mean the fawn and dog.)

    Susan,
    I'll bet you already have characters who are kind in your stories. :)

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