Killing It With Kindness

Rod Pickett
2 min readDec 26, 2022

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

Love is the most powerful human force.

But even love has its limitations.

It requires time, energy, and sustained contact.

Kindness, in contrast, has few limitations.

It often requires little personal cost.

It can be directed toward total strangers.

It can even become a habit that requires no willpower.

Yet, kindness has a power that is often overlooked.

No amount of kindness is wasted.

A smile, a kind word, a held door can have ripple effects throughout the day.

Unlike a ripple in a pond, kindness does not diminish as it expands from person to person.

Kindness rebounds to the giver.

The more kindness is given the more it sloshes back on the one pouring it out.

The kinder we are, the more likely others will extend kindness to us.

Kindness is subversive.

It is the most powerful protest against selfishness, greed, and oppression.

Lectures, judgment, and disapproval do not change hearts.

But kindness has a way of getting past the toughest defenses.

The hardest heart cannot withstand the assault of kindness.

Kindness is invincible.

No matter how dark the world feels, the darkness cannot resist the light generated by the smallest act of kindness.

The darker the night, the more powerful the light appears to be.

Kindness is always appropriate.

There is no emergency so urgent that it doesn’t allow time for politeness and kindness.

We can be direct without being rude.

The ultimate test is how we respond when others are rude to us.

Our natural inclination is to become defensive or even aggressive.

But a true kindness ninja has learned to return kindness even in the most difficult situations.

Kindness changes us as well.

Our actions have more control over our mood than our mood has over our actions.

As we are being kind to others, we begin to feel better about ourselves.

And goodwill toward ourselves equips us to be consistently kind to others.

Kindness should be unconditional.

Don’t reserve kindness for those who deserve it. The ones who need it the most appear to be the most undeserving.

It is easy to be kind to those who are kind to us.

But the real power of kindness is unleashed when we can extend kindness without qualification.

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Look for opportunities today to extend kindness.

Become a part of the kindness underground.

— Rod Pickett

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Rod Pickett

Rod Pickett is a writer, pastor, teacher, photographer, real estate broker, certified personal trainer, consultant, woodworker, and life-long learner.