We Must Be Kind

As I said yesterday,

I have had concern for the past couple of years about the way we treat each other. It seems to me that it is easier today to see people being unkind to one another than to find those who spread kindness. I want to live in a kinder world. I want my grands to see kindness in others and grow into people who are loving, compassionate, and kind.

I am declaring myself a kindness advocate. Gandhi is often mistakenly credited with saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (according to Quote Investigator instead it was a 1974 book by Arleen Lorrance). I want to be the change toward a higher level kindness in our world. If we do not find a way to look past our differences and start trying to live in kindness, compassion, and empathy, I shudder to think what will become of us. We need to stop treating Americans (and Christians) as adversaries just because they don’t agree with us. All of us need to be bigger than that, because all of this, is something bigger than us.

I want to see kindness in the world. Therefore, I want to be kindness and I want to advocate for kindness. I may not always be successful. I may not always be as kind as I want. But, I can still strive for it. I can still work to be kind and to encourage others to join me. Will you be an advocate for kindness? Please feel free to respond here on the blog or wherever you see it as a blog post.

This piece is currently poetry but I do hope to put it to its own tune soon,


We Must Be Kind

My dear friend if I were to nicely ask
Could I convince you to please wear a mask?
Me, wear a mask, then I would not be free
Would a friend ask me to lose liberty.

It’s Un-American to ask me that
It’s my way, it’s my rights, don’t be a rat
You could care for someone other than you
I guess I must give the devil his due

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget how to be kind.

Your politics have been red for too long,
Stop thinking blue, because that’s just wrong.
We won’t agree, won’t cross that line of sand,
Well we do agree let’s break up this band.

Your to liberal, your too adversative,
You’ve left me no choice, you conservative.
The likes of you made this a land of blight,
Don’t blame me, it’s you who will start the fight.

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget how to be kind.

The path we walk leads down a troubled road.
The silent center can see the crossroad.
To save us from those who lack compassion,
Help make kindness be our greatest action.

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget we must be kind.

Lord, in days like these, keep us from hard times,
Teach us how it’s important to be kind.


Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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