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In The End Only Kindness Matters — Click on the song at bottom of this post.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 22, 2007

This is a post from January, when I first began this blog. Back then I didn’t know too much about blogging…..still have a lot to learn. Anyway, I did learn something new a few days ago…..how to add a YouTube Video to my post. So, I thought I would re-post this and include the song by Jewel, that was my inspiration for writing it. So at the end of this post is the music of Jewel….I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS — by Catherine Morgan

Jewel has a song, and in it she sings….”In the end, only kindness matters”. Those are very profound words. I would even say, that these are words to live your life by. Because, it is so true. In the grand scheme of things, we are here on earth only a very short time. Many of us spend much of this time being angry at people, making judgements on others, and generally just not being as kind as we could be. So, the question then becomes….How can we change that? How can we live a more kind life?

Well I think, that like everything else we can’t be too hard on ourselves. After-all, we live in a harsh world, where many times people are not even being very kind to us. But, that’s no excuse either. Remember when our mom’s told us, “treat others the way you would want them to treat you”? Well it seems that, somewhere between kindergarten and junior high, most of us forget this little bit of wisdom. But, I say we bring it back. Don’t get panicked, I’m not suggesting anything radical. But, maybe just some baby-steps in the right direction.

The first thing we need to do is be conscious of our thoughts and reactions towards people. This is important because, if we recognize the times we could have chosen kindness over judgement, we find our opportunities to make a change.

Second, begin actively making attempts during your day to choose to be kind to those around you. Do this in random acts of kindness, as well as in the choices you make with the people in your everyday life….work, family, etc.

Third, notice if your kindness is rubbing off on the people around you. Are others treating you more kindly? Are others treating others more kindly? It is surprising how positive energy can radiate all around you, and affect all those around you.

Forth, reflect or journal on how choosing kindness is making a difference in your life. Try doing this for a week, if it works keep it up……if not, at least you got to hear a good song by Jewel.

Well, that’s it. Now, just go for it. And remember, IN THE END…ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS.

Jewel – Hands

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15 Responses to “In The End Only Kindness Matters — Click on the song at bottom of this post.”

  1. stevean said

    Remember At the end only Kindness matters!
    It is very very true !

  2. “Stevean” — Yes, thanks you for your comment.

  3. Kathrine said

    Yes, I agree with you… at the end only kindness matters. And Love. I’m fighting for this opinion too, you can read my article at http://www.lovetolead.info/ViewArticle/tabid/56/Default.aspx?entryid=216 If you like it and agree with me, I think the odds are because you wrote such a heart touching article like this:) you can vote for the article and get a chance to win a new laptop Toshiba Portege R400. I think it might be helpful for good people like you:)

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    P.S. I wish world has more good people like you.

  4. “Kathrine” — Thank you for your comment.

  5. galvanized said

    Catherine, it is so funny that you would mention this line because it’s one that I use quite often with my daughter when she has relationship dilemmas. We were bigtime Jewel fans when she was younger, and Jewel’s lyrics were so fresh and innocent back then, perfect for bringing up a little girl. Another of our faves was the line from her song “Sensitive,” (or is it Everday Angels) where she says, “Please be careful with me — I’m sensitive, and I’d like to stay that way.” I try to remind her (in this same vein) that the world can be cold and harsh, but we don’t have to let it turn us that way.

    Thanks for the reminder. :)

    Melanie

  6. Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for sharing that sweet story about you and your daughter. I’m very happy that my post was able to bring back these special memories for you.

    Thank you very much for you comment.

    Catherine.

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  8. hi there, is there any possibility you could enable me to republish your article in somewhere else? definitely a useful piece of writing :)

  9. Dean said

    This song is particularly poignant to me. My mother was seriously ill and not expected to live and I was driving the 400 mile trip to see her before she passed away. On the way, I heard this song for the first time and I remember thinking that it could very easily be about my mother. She was one of the kindest, most giving people I have ever known.

    Sadly, I didn’t get there in time to say goodbye. But during the funeral, as I was speaking, the lyrics came back to me and I mentioned them to those gathered. The reaction was amazing, both as I said it and after the service. Everyone remembered her kindness and felt that the song fit my mother perfectly.

    Life being what it is, I was not able to return to the cemetery for at least two years. As I turned to enter, “In The End, Only Kindness Matters” began playing on my car radio. I hadn’t heard it for two years. Coincidence? Somehow, I don’t think so.

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  15. Merlene Abbott said

    Thank you – I love this song – it reminds me of my daughter – she has left us and has gone to live in America, with someone she met on the internet. We have had a troubled relationship fo many years. My daughter doesn’t see any good in anything I do for her or anything I say – It’s very sad. I try but everything I do is wrong. This song made me cry. Thank you.
    Merlene

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