What is really important in life? Is it money, power, status, clothes, family, sports, drugs, alcohol, God? My friend, Al, says it is "Kindness". Interesting that is what Jesus says too when Jesus says, according to Mathew in Chapter 25:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'"
Who is the kindest person you know? How kind are you? What kind of a world would it be if we decided as a culture that the most important thing in life is to be kind to each other?
In the spiritual life, kindness is a supreme virtue. Kindness is not the same thing as being "nice". Sometimes being "nice" is not being "kind" and sometimes being "kind" is not being "nice." In the spiritual life, we know the difference between being "kind" and being "nice". If we care enough about somebody to make them behave themselves we may be accused of not being "nice" but holding people accountable for the true thing, the fair thing, the right thing requires high degrees of integrity, compassion, and courage. Living your life where the most important thing is to be kind is to live your life as a spiritual warrior.