Often we hoard kindness.
We fail to say an encouraging word to another because we're not in the mood. Or because some other person wasn't nice to US, so we don't want to be nice to OTHERS. Because, you know, it's a contest.
We don't smile at a stranger because we're in a hurry. Or because they look different. Because, you know, no one can make us.
We are in a conversation with someone, and listen only for their breath, which gives us a chance to say what it is we wanted to say. Instead of being kind. And just listening. (Is it me? Am I the only one who occasionally feels as if I've been slapped in the face when someone asks me how I'm doing, and if I respond, " You know, really, not too well", they reply, "Great! Glad to hear it. I've had a lousy day; let me tell you about it.")
We wait for someone to be kind to us first. Because, you know, that matters.
Behold, I tell you a truth: kindness is not a commodity that will ever run out. It's not as if we only have so many kind words or deeds in out life and we must ration them. Really, the opposite is true: the more we give, the more we receive to give. Because, you know, Jesus.