Proverbs of Kindness

“The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner.”

Hebrew Proverb

I have always loved Proverbs so here are some of my favourites about the positive influence of kindness as we enter the fun, sometimes silly season of Christmas and holidays.

I am going to begin with ancient words of from King Solomon who wisely said, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” How good is this and how simple to do – we just need to say something genuinely kind, rather than something unkind or indifferent.

The English Proverb says, “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much”. Their neighbours, the Irish, have a quirky maxim, “A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth,” and across the waters, the French say, “Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble”.

There is a beautiful Proverb from the Japanese who say, “One kind word can warm three winter months.”

The Ancient Greek’s said, “Kindness begets kindness” and again the words of King Solomon, “Whoever is kind to the needy honours God.”

There are a couple of Proverbs that make me smile; from Saudi Arabia, “A kind word can attract even the snake from his nest,” and from Russia, “A word of kindness is better than a fat pie!”

But a favourite from the Hebrew people and for all cat lovers: “The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner.”

Let’s be kind. This is a good year kinwomen.

No Regrets, Penny

About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".