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Chapter 3  The Republic of the Philippines

·          What Pinoys Can Do To Help Our Country – by Alexander L. Lacson

·      Introduction to Community Development – by Rafael S. Francia’55

·      Governance and Anti-Corruption – from The World Bank

·      What is Good Governance ? – from UNESCAP

·      The Free and Virtuous Society – by George Weigel

·      My Experiences as a Public Servant – by Edgardo B. Espiritu ‘55

 

Chapter 4  The World

·      Being a Kind Person – adapted by Rafael Francia ‘55

·      Materials on Conflict Resolution – compiled by Pietro Reyes III ‘69

·      Prayer for Peace – by St. Francis of Assisi

 

Epilogue

·      Anyway – by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

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Being a Kind Person

KINDNESS*

Imagine what would happen if there were an epidemic of kindness in the world, if everybody just did one kind thing on a daily basis.  With the following list, you can start to bring in a small, particular and individual way, some goodness to yourself first and then to others.

 KIND THOUGHTS

  1. Wish for your neighbor all the good that you wish for yourself.
  2. Resist greed in all its forms.
  3. Avoid judging others.
  4. Do not be jealous or envious of anyone.
  5. Forgive from your heart everyone who has injured you.
  6. After having forgiven someone, do not nurse any resentment against him.
  7. Do not harbor unkind and revengeful thoughts about others.
  8. Overcome your sensitiveness, it only leads you to be unfriendly toward others.
  9. Control morose and sullen moods so as not to cast gloom over your surroundings.
  10. Control your temper and inordinate anger.

KIND WORDS

  1. Dedicate yourself to knowing and speaking the Truth.
  2. Do not miss opportunities to enlighten someone on religious truth.
  3. Offer words of praise and encouragement readily.
  4. Offer a ready “Thank You” for small favors received.
  5. Keep your mouth shut whenever you cannot say anything good or positive.
  6. Be a good listener.
  7. Listen to the same story or stale old joke without making the speaker aware of your annoyance by breaking in or cutting him short.
  8. Do not begrudge words of praise addressed to others, especially if they are directed to someone you do not particularly like.
  9. Participate in the joys of others; do not put a damper on them by your adverse or envious attitude.
  10. Prevent others from doing wrong if possible, and correct them kindly if they fail.
  11. Quickly apologize and seek forgiveness from someone you have wronged.
  12. Do not refuse to talk or recognize someone who has wronged you.
  13. Be the first to speak words of reconciliation after quarreling with another.
  14. Neither participate in gossip nor permit gossip and petty rumors to go on in your presence; attempt to change the subject.
  15. Do not slander others by attributing to them sins that they did not commit or of which you have no evidence.
  1. Prevent the defamation of another’s character whenever you can.
  2. Is an absent person’s reputation safe when you are present, or do you join in the discussion of his faults?
  3. Do not ruin the reputation of others by telling their secret sins to persons who have no rightful claim to such information.
  4. Do not lie in order to gain from another’s loss.
  5. Avoid telling friends the unkind remarks others have made about them and, in this way, cause ill-will.
  6. Avoid cutting and sarcastic remarks about others.
  7. Do not be a chronic complainer by habitually looking for and pointing out flaws in anything, e.g., the weather, your work, the boss, people you work  with, etc.

KIND DEEDS

  1. Practice the Golden Rule every day.
  2. Encourage and help others to perform good works.
  3. Remember that you shall take no material wealth with you to your grave.
  4. Be generous with alms and support for charitable causes; give from your substance rather than from your excess.
  5. Measure your charity not by  what others give or by what you might receive in return, but by your ability to give and by the need of others.
  6. Have a sense of humor and Smile! Do not be touchy or sensitive toward others.
  7. Be as polite and courteous to friends and family as you are to your guests.
  8. Set a good example of dependability, charity, and good humor to all.
  9. Make others happy by your sympathy, kindly conversation, and willingness to render them some service, anonymously whenever possible.
  10. Do not permit another to suffer injustice or mistreatment when your influence or action could prevent it.
  11. Comfort someone in sorrow; encourage those in danger or despair.
  12. Do not take revenge on others by inflicting pain on them.
  13. Do not hurt others by your flare-ups of anger and impatience.
  14. Be quick to apologize and show your sorrow when you have caused injury to others, consciously or inadvertently.
  15. Pray for others especially when tempted to angry thoughts and feelings about them.

*Adapted by Rafael Francia ’55 from the book “Hidden Power of Kindness” by Lawrence Lovasik, SOPHIA

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