Breakdown Barriers with Kindness


I could see the dog sniffing around the mail box.  No chain, no electric fences and I knew exactly what I had to do.  I had to stop running and be ready.  As expected, the dog saw me and started barking and lunging toward me.  This is a familiar scene for a runner.  Over the years it has played out many times and every time I use the same tactic to save myself from being bitten.  I stop running, smile, and talk sweetly.  Basically I am kind.  This has worked without fail.

This approach seems to work for all creatures; dogs, cats…humans.  The act of genuine kindness speaks a universal language that breaks down barriers and removes fear.  The Dalai Lama speaks wisely when he says, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”  ―    Dalai Lama XIV.


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