“Kindness….is problem solver #1.”

Between 1903 and his passing, over seven years, Leo Tolstoy compiled wisdom from various thinkers, and added his own thoughts — all of this was published as “A Calendar of Wisdom”, some thoughts for each day of the year

We read (translated by Peter Sekirin) the following line dated 30th January: “You should respond with kindness toward evil done to you, and you will destroy in an evil person that pleasure which he derives from evil.”

On 7th January, he writes: “Kindness is necessary in relationships with people. If you are not kind to a person, you are not fulfilling your….obligation.”

To help with this, Piero Ferrucci, in “The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life”, invites us to try a “curious mental exercise” from “Tibetan Buddhism.”

“….look at whomever we meet as someone who, in a previous life, of the infinite series of incarnations through which we have passed, has been our mother. If we think that this person, who perhaps feels like a stranger to us, this rude driver, this loud-mouthed hooligan, this inattentive saleswoman or lazy waiter, if we think that this person in a past life was our mother, that she nurtured and raised us, tended our wounds and endured our tantrums and washed our clothes and stroked our heads, in one of our innumerable lives in who knows what remote situation, then that person is no longer a stranger, but part of one immense family in which we have the privilege to belong.”

Elsewhere in the book, Piero observes: “Kindness is the simplest way of coping with so many hurdles, of feeling better, of enjoying life. It is problem solver #1.”

Peace 😊

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