Have You Ever Been This Kind?

When was the last time you did something that was so amazingly kind that others will remember your actions the rest of their lives?

If it’s been awhile, I encourage you to take two minutes to watch a video clip of some young men who refused to play basketball against another team … as an act of incredible kindness. (If a screen does not appear below, click here.)

As Hudson Bradley, the young Vanguard player, said: “We all need someone to believe in us. We all need someone who knows our mistakes and loves us anyway.”

Kindness … one of the most life-changing values the world has ever known. Is it flowing through your life?

– Ken Sande

Reflection Questions

  • How do you think the Gainesville players felt when they entered a gym with hundreds of people cheering for them? How could this kind of encouragement and support change the course of these young men’s lives?
  • Think of a time when someone showed you this kind of unexpected and extravagant kindness. How did it make you feel? What impact did it have on your life?
  • If you were one of the Vanguard players, would your worldview and its accompanying value system have moved you to show this kind of kindness to the Gainesville team?
  • Have you had an opportunity to show this kind of kindness in recent days? What did you do with that opportunity?
  • If you’d like develop a greater capacity to see and act on opportunities to exercise kindness, read Seven Steps to Empathy and Serving a Barista.

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© 2015 Ken Sande

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