Only a fool mistakes kindness for weakness.
There is the heart of a lion,
within the spirit of a lamb.
Grace is selfless strength.
It didn't say who wrote the quote, but whoever wrote it got the wheels turning in my head.
In this world, there are some people who make the mistake of confusing kindness for weakness. I, however, believe that kind people are not weak. It is a value that takes strength to be kind to all. Treating someone with kindness, when they have not earned it or deserve it, takes a special inner fortitude and grace.
It is easy to be rude and treat people with disrespect, but for them to feel the need to bring others down simply to feel okay with themselves, is a sign of weakness and lack of self-discipline. A person who has a healthy self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth does not need to demean others to feel good about themselves. In fact, they understand that by building others up, they are building themselves up.
People who understand the strength in kindness have a lot of respect for themselves and believes that all people deserve to be treated with respect as well. They are open to critiques and advice of others, and are continuously working to better themselves. With that comes a great deal of understanding and wisdom. In the eyes of a kind person, self-worth is not jeopardized nor is threatened by others.
People who fear the loss of power and control lash out at those around them, and are never willing to share what they already know. People who are secure with themselves lead with the belief that no one can diminish them, and will always lend a helping hand. To a kind person, building others up is a great way to create positive energy for all.
Sometimes, it's hard to be kind, and it can take a great deal of effort, patience, and concentration, but it is worth it! Strength is found by the happiness of knowing that one has lived virtuously, and with kindness.
Let's spread a lot of love wherever we go, and walk with kindness wherever life may take us.