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By Ashanti Cole-Stallworth

Kindness isn’t about race, gender, sexuality ,religion, or class

It is about looking deep inside someone and seeing them for who they really are

It is about being blunt with your friends even though that might not seem so kind

Kindness is when you embrace the pain of others and being their strength, even when you have none left

It is as simple as complementing someone on their outfit or even just simply holding the door open for them

It is sweet as candy and gentle as a cool summer breeze

It is as vibrant as a sunset and calming as my grandmother’s sweet voice

It is graceful

Elegant

Tangible even

Kindness isn’t about race, gender, sexuality ,religion, or class

It is about looking deep inside someone and seeing them for who they really are

Kindness is respect

Kindness is understanding

Kindness is you

Kindness is me

Kindness is “we”

And we are kindness


We are graceful

We are elegant

And We are tangible

And we are here

So let’s be kind to one another


I have not always been dealt the hand of kindness

I have not always been so kind

But I try my best to be


Because I understand what kindness is

It is about looking deep inside someone and seeing them for who they really are

It is about looking deep inside myself, and learning how to navigate a room


Learning how channel my anger when someone insults me based on my appearance and I have to kindly educate them


Kindness is when you have been broken down and beaten by society and still finding strength to smile


Kindness is in prayer and finding peace


Kindness is respect

Kindness is understanding

Kindness is you

Kindness is me

Kindness is “we”

And we are kindness


We are graceful

We are elegant

And We are tangible

And we are here

So let’s be kind to one another


Because really

It is graceful

Elegant

Tangible even


And It is sweet as candy and gentle as a cool summer breeze