Kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
— Albert Schweitzer
"Kindness is the antidote to everything. Just as water soothes fire, kindness calms how we burn each other from time to time. And under all the ways we burn and hurt, there's the soft and lasting presence we were born with, waiting to blossom in the midst of any trouble. For despite the many ways we try and the many ways we miss, we are kind nonetheless. Inevitably, we're required to step out of the house, afraid as we are of all we might meet. Because it's the kindness and wisdom we will encounter beyond our fear that brings us together, that brings us alive. The trust is that kindness turns fire into light and presence turns misses into surprises. The first reward for kindness is a thoroughness of being. The next reward for kindness is a greater integrity in our relationships. But the most enduring reward for kindness is our experience of Oneness. For being kind renews our kindship with all things."