Sunday, June 8, 2014

Your Greatness is Measured by Your Kindness

I love hanging out with my Dad.  He is a lot of fun to be around.  He's jovial, happy, doesn't take himself too seriously and he'll always stand up for anyone who deserves it.  Whenever someone needs some help or is lacking in confidence, he'll be a friend even if no one else will.  He has always worked hard for me and his whole family.

The most important thing I've learned from my Dad is to not give in to the pride of the world.  I had to learn from my Grandpa that my Dad was a four sport athlete in high school.  He's held leadership positions in the church, he owns his own small business and built hundreds of custom houses.  Yet he shies away from awards and prestige he's been given and hides them away in the past.  He has done an incredible amount of service unthanked and unnoticed, more than I know.  He knows how to handle any situation.  He could talk about himself all day and mention all the things he's accomplished in his life, but he doesn't.  He remains who he is - a humble, hard working man.

He is a very special person in my life.  I observe the things he does closely and want to be more like him.

We don't need to look at other people and tell ourselves that we need to be better than them.  We can simply live our lives how we think is best, showing love, kindness and respect towards all regardless of others' circumstance.

Here is a short video about simple acts of kindness.  This video changed my mood and made me want to be more aware of little things I could do to help others.  The video took place in Pakistan.


"Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others."
-William J.H. Boetcker

3 comments:

  1. I loved this video you posted and the story you shared about your dad. Small acts of kindness can go far. I remember I was having a stressful day at school and I rode the shuttle back home. A kind stranger sat next to me and talked with me about random things I liked. I remember after I got off I had a smile I didn't have just 10 minutes before. I owe this person a day of happiness because they turned my stressful day into a happy one.

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  2. It's amazing the small acts of kindness we can provide for others and that others provide for us that make such a difference. I think that is what our Father in Heaven expects of us and why we are on this earth, to take care of each other and learn to be kind!

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  3. thank you for posting the beautiful post! I loved the video!

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