“True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.”
1 : disposition to do good
2 : an act of kindness
Benevolence is programmed into us at an early age through our parents and grandparents teaching us how to share. For some it stayed with us, for others, it dissipates into adulthood, some during those selfish teenage years. Benevolence characteristic of being warm, friendly, kind, generous, loving and possessing ordinary decency towards others. Though most young girls dream of being a having the beauty, long wavy hair and a prince charming on their arms like all Fairy Tale princesses. How many crave the benevolent heart of Snow White? As for Me? I just wanted the ability to speak to animals.
You may not crave it, but each one of you has a benevolent heart. You know what it feels like to ‘wish someone well.’ A benevolent heart repairs, refuels and leaves a feeling of happiness and love because the brain has now shifted into its responsive mode. At this point in history where we find ourselves living in fear over international conflicts, terrorism, redundancy on the job, failing marriages and relationships, and uncertainty about the future. With so many people now moving across borders looking for stability in their lives -benevolence isn’t just about morality, it’s essential now more than ever. It builds trust, stability, reduces conflicts, avoids harms to self and other, but most of all it brings peace in all forms of relations.
~ Have a Meaningful Monday
©Etta D. Richards