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The Brotherhood – Part 169

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.


That’s the look I saw on the man’s face when I held out the ballpoint pen he had dropped a few moments earlier. I had watched a few seconds of his effort to juggle several books and a coffee cup while simultaneously trying to bend down to grab the fifty-cent writing utensil. So I thought I’d help him out. No big deal, right?

But the look on his face seemed larger than my tiny act of kindness. His gratitude flowed in words of appreciation, as if I had just rescued his children from a burning building. Sure, I mumbled and headed down the corridor toward my awaiting flight.

It seems that some folks aren’t expecting simple acts of kindness to touch their lives very often. Maybe the world has become the cruel place some think it to be. I know that randomly smiling at people or speaking a simple “Good morning” to someone in a hospital hallway can bring a smile that hadn’t been seen for days.

Kindness cures many things.

What would happen if each of us looked for one opportunity to show kindness every single day? Now, obviously, we’d like to do better than one a day, but many of us live at such a focused speed that pausing to intentionally be kind might prove a radical change in our lives.

I have learned that behaviors create attitudes. In other words, after you have been kind to a few dozen people, you can’t help but be a kinder person. And that seems like a good thing to become.

So this week, look for a chance to show kindness to someone. Maybe you’ll want to be generous to a friend or family member or it could be that a stranger gets the benefit of your new effort. But do something helpful for a few people this week and see if you can’t brighten their days by a shade or two. I know you’ll brighten your own.

And, you may really surprise them!

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