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 ________?