The Man Who Helped
A number of years ago a black man was walking along Forty-second Street in New York, from the terminal to the hotel, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier valise. Suddenly a hand took hold of the valise and a pleasant voice said, "That's a heavy load, brother. Why don't you let me help? I'm going your way."
The black man resisted, but finally allowed the young white man to assist him carrying his burden. For several blocks they chatted like old friends until they reached the hotel.
"And that," said Booker T. Washington years afterward, "was the first time I ever saw Theodore Roosevelt." (Edmund Fuller, ed. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings Books, 1970, p. 44)
Kindness is a language
"Kindness is a language that deaf people can hear and that blind people can see." --Chuck Swindoll
One Reason to be Kind
An old professor said, "Son, be kind to everyone, for everyone's having a hard time." --Baptist Standard
Admiring kind people"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." --Abraham Heschel
It is Nice to Be Important but . . .
"It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice." --parents of 2002 Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes (what they told Sarah)