Really expensive goods are only consumed when we’ve got enough of everything else, but you probably shouldn’t go shopping for a high-end anything with your last dollar.

It’s unfortunate that most of the time, kindness is managed the same way. We need more reserves, perhaps, before we can expend some of what we’ve got in a generous way.

We’ve had a hard day, it’s raining out, the world is changing, our boss is mean to us, the checking account is overdrawn, we’re on a deadline and the beat goes on and on.

However, does every need have to be filled, every emotion in place before we’re capable of being kind? Do we have to have enough money, enough confidence about the future and enough of everything else we think we need before we can find the time to offer someone else a hand?

It turns out that the opposite is true because kindness is a foundation for all the the rest of it. It turns out that investing time and resources in extending ourselves shifts the rest of our needs in precisely the right direction, not only putting us closer to satisfying those other needs, but enjoying the journey a little bit more, as well.

Truth Be Told, kindness rewards the giver as well as the receiver. Now, that would be a great way to start the new year!

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