Your Kindness Quotient
by Max Lucado
"How kind are you? What is your kindness quotient? When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family--e.g., got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee--without being asked?
Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbor's trash can that rolled into the street.
Kindness at home. Kindness in public. Kindness at church and kindness with your enemies.
Pretty well covers the gamut, don't you think? Almost.
Someone else needs your kindness. You. Us. Me. We need to be a little kinder to ourselves."
From A Love Worth Giving - Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2002) Max Lucado
My grandson attends Choi Kwang Do and tested for his green belt senior yesterday - I sat next to a man who turned out to be an owner of another facility nearby. Do you know they have a boy - taking a martial arts class - in a wheelchair? He was testing yesterday too! He has been paralyzed from the waist down since birth. They modified the program so he can use his arms. Now did they have to do that? Is it official martial arts? What does it matter? It was a random act of kindness.
Isn't that one of the kindest things you've ever heart - made my heart warm all over. Can you think of a special act of kindness that made your heart warm all over?
"Mitchell lived as a modest Atlanta newspaperwoman until a visit from Macmillan editor Harold Latham, who visited Atlanta in 1935. Latham was scouring the South for promising writers, and Mitchell agreed to escort him around Atlanta at the request of her friend, Lois Cole, who worked for Latham. Latham was enchanted with Mitchell, and asked her if she had ever written a book. Mitchell demurred. "Well, if you ever do write a book, please show it to me first!" Latham implored. Later that day, a friend of Mitchell, having heard this conversation, laughed. "Imagine, anyone as silly as Peggy writing a book!" she said. Mitchell stewed over this comment, went home, and found most of the old, crumbling envelopes containing her disjointed manuscript. She arrived at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, just as Latham prepared to depart Atlanta. "Here," she said, "take this before I change my mind!"
Latham bought an extra suitcase to accommodate the giant manuscript. When Mitchell arrived home, she was horrified over her impetuous act, and sent a telegram to Latham: "Have changed my mind. Send manuscript back." But Latham had read enough of the manuscript to realize it would be a blockbuster. He wrote to her of his thoughts about its potential success. MacMillan soon sent her a check in advance to encourage her to complete the novel — she had not composed a first chapter. She completed her work in March 1936.
Gone With the Wind was published on June 30, 1936. The book was dramatized by David O. Selznick, and released three years later. The premiere of the film was held in Atlanta on December 15, 1939.
Gone with the Wind was such an overnight success that its publisher George Platt Brett, President of Macmillan Publishing, gave all its employees an 18% bonus in 1936.
She was run over by a taxi on her beloved Peactree Street."