Kindness Is A Matter Of The Heart

A few weeks ago, I posed a question about the difference between helping others because it’s the “right thing to do” or because you want to do an act of kindness. I’ve already published some answers in this column, but I received one more letter in the mail that I couldn’t let go before sharing…
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Grace At The Gas Pump

I walked into the gas station with my debit card in hand. “Hi! I had fuel on pump one.” The young woman behind the counter looked at her register and then looked at me. “Which pump?” “Pump one.” Again she looked at her screen, this time with a confused little arch to her eyebrow. “I’m…
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Go Fly A Kite

If someone tells you to “go fly a kite,” you can pretty much assume he or she is not leading with kindness and a future get-together is not in the works. Much like the phrases “bug off” or “take a hike,” the origin of “go fly a kite” is a little hazy. Some people believe…
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Mom Uses Kindness To Teach About Differences

Taryn Skees is a mom just like me. She’s a writer and a speaker who is passionate about the power of kindness. But Taryn’s drive to spread the message of kindness didn’t come from a spontaneous act of kindness that transformed her life. It came from the birth of her son. Taryn’s 9-year-old son, Aiden,…
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A Question Of Kindness Or Citizenship?

Last week I posed a question that had come across my desk from a Fargo mail carrier. He asked, “Where does citizenship end and kindness begin?” His job often puts him in positions where he feels compelled to help. A lost cell phone, a wandering child or an emergency that requires a call to 911.…
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