A Heart Energized by Kindness

A Heart Energized by Kindness

Kathryn Flores, community editor

Kathryn Flores
Community Relations and Advertising Consultant
Argyle Living and Lantana Living

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
– Mark Twain

Kindness of the heart is the universal language that is comprehended beyond the boundaries. In today’s hustle and bustle, it is too easy to move through the day disconnected from our capacity as humans to be kind and caring towards the hearts of others. In the month of February, we are reminded of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Health month. To me, these are summed up by kindness to each other and kindness to self!

I try to tell our boys that in this world where they are raised and taught they can be anything, to be kind is everything. We live in a time that doesn’t always accept us for who we are and how we look. I want to encourage my boys to accept themselves, embrace their mistakes as lessons, and stay committed to self-kindness no matter what. Being kind to self is equally important as being kind to others.

In the past month, I’ve spent a significant amount of time worrying and thinking about the human heart due to my father’s heart condition. From a medical perspective, the doctors rely on research, medicine and science to “fix” his heart. As his daughter, I take great pride in tending to his heart with kindness, laughter, stories and memories that energize his spirits. The medicines may open my Dad’s arteries which allow the blood to flow at ease, but my sarcastic banter with the doctors, made my father roar with laughter and enlightened an inner joy in his heart that I argue is just as remedying.

I see those around me that have allowed people and circumstances to remove kindness from their loving hearts. It’s physically painful for me to witness as it’s only a matter of time before the heart hardens and atrophies.

A hardened heart dulls a person’s ability to perceive and understand. The long-term impact of focusing on negative behavior is apparent. It is one reason many of us are so clear about our own faults, undervalue our personal worth at times, underestimate our value to others and have trouble receiving compliments, compassion and kindness.

In reality, we are people who possess an innate need for one another. We were intended for human words, touch, and compassion. And this isn’t a call for grand, overwhelming gestures and sacrifice. It’s simple kindness, extending hospitality and a warm welcome. As we give to others, we strengthen ourselves. As we receive from others, we allow them to grow. Being kind to someone can be simply saying, ‘no worries, take care next time’, and will always be remembered by that person.

You never know. You might have hit the jackpot. At the very least, it just may warm a weakened heart.

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