I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind to others. People emphasize that kindness is a simple act. They say that it doesn’t cost anything and that it’s not hard, but if it were really that easy then why aren’t more people kind to each other? I think kindness is simple but it’s not free and it’s not effortless. To be kind to others costs energy and it’s not something that people are naturally born with an aptitude for. When people choose kindness, they are spending time and effort making considerations for others. There are some social benefits if “what goes around comes around” is true, however, an act of kindness is not always met with reciprocity. Moreover, to truly be kind is to give to others without expecting anything in return. Most intentions yield some kind of reward whether it’s money, fame, or power. People aren’t simply good. They are good for something. But when people engage in genuine acts of kindness they embody a practice that doesn’t guarantee a tangible reward. For some to choose kindness it’s an unconscious process that seems effortless. For others, it’s especially challenging. After a long day, or being beaten down, it’s certainly true that hurt people tend to hurt people so to choose kindness means to choose a path of altruism with a certain vehemence to spread light even in our darkest of days. To choose kindness is to choose to be good to others even when others aren’t good to us. To choose kindness is to choose to love with our eyes closed and hearts open. It’s not easy but I remain hopeful that choosing to be kind will lead to a path of graciousness and eternal inner peace.