What’s in Your Way

An old friend and reader of the Pew recommended I read Deep Kindness by Houston Kraft. I have been plowing through the biography of Samuel Johnson along with my book club, so I thought I might give my friend’s recommendation a try as a break. I usually gauge such books as being worthwhile if I find one or two things that I think are worth remembering. So far Kraft’s book has been much, much more.

Kraft asks, “What gets in the way?” to being kind and “Are you willing to choose kindness.” He also talk about children’s behavior, reminding me that “kids do well when they can,” and that little kids are normally kind, it is only age and time that creates the obstacles to kindness. I am now rapidly reading his book so I can read it again. Every page is crimped and highlighted.

I keep going back to Kraft’s major question, “What gets in the way?” I think that question is more than just acting with kindness. It is a question worthy of lots of morning meditations. What gets in the way to fulfilling your dreams or fulfilling your purpose here on earth? What gets in the way to being loving, kind, and compassionate? What gets in the way to forgiving your neighbors, a family member, or yourself? The questions pour out of me like a deep river after a storm.

This next week spend sometime on yourself and ask what gets in the way from you being ________?

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

1 Comment +

  1. Webb –
    Thank you so much for the book recommendation. Like many of my friends, I’m dealing with depression and anxiety in this time of Covid and horrible leadership.
    Honestly I feel we are watching the biggest Grifter Family episodes. But I digress.
    I’m going to buy and read the book.
    Wishing you and Suzy and all your family a wonderful time of love and Thanksgiving.

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