If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

About Kindness

The idea for Kindness in Giving is rooted in some fundraising focus that I was trying to put toward a project that I was working on back in 2010. The more I worked on trying to make the project fit the focus, the more it didn't feel right.

Going through a list of quotations from various sources, I was moved by this particular one.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
~~Lao Tzu
And so my blog had a name.

On that idea that kindness in giving creates love, I attempted in the early days to try to focus on groups or stories that were about giving. It proved to be hard though because it wasn't genuine to who I am. Frankly, I was trying too hard.

I kept writing but it devolved into a largely unfocused, self-indulgent pity party. Realizing this, among other things, I announced that I would cease writing KIGCL in September 2011. And suddenly, having given up, everything came into focus...slowly.

There is a song we used to sing in church when I was a kid. The lyrics loosely, I'll give God me this Christmas. It's the best gift I can give. And as with most Christmas seasons since I learned it, I found myself singing it (aloud and to myself).

I don't know how I had missed that before. That lack of genuineness that I felt was because I wasn't giving the best gift I had. So, January 1, 2012, I began to post again. I had not been kind to myself before. I kept trying to be something that I thought everyone wanted but since 1/1 my postings have been 100% from the heart and your responses to that leave me feeling truly blessed.

So that's how this blog was born and grew into what it is now and hopefully there are great things to come. I am not a professional anything. Just a woman who has too much going on in her brain and passion for writing. So please be kind!

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