A Question for our Readers…

A question for you all, if that’s okay?

Do you think the Child Playing the Violin at his Teacher’s Funeral post we just uploaded, as well as other similar stories involving grief and pain that we have shared, is appropriate and fitting for the Kindness Blog? The reason for asking is that once again we seriously ummd and ahhhhd over whether to use it, but as Kindness was/is part of the back story, it seemed to us that it would be okay to share?

Some of the Kindness images/stories we have in our database also involve incredible suffering and loss and we are cautious about potentially diverting from the natural direction that the blog seems to be heading. To sum up, Team Kindness Blog is trying to walk the fine line between making this site a place of Kindness and uplifting stories where you can rest a while, whilst also wishing to keep things as real as possible and not ignore the sometimes harsher realities of life.

Would any of you lovely people be kind enough to share your thoughts with us on this?

thank you So much!! ❤

34 comments

  1. Your stories and photos are heartwarming and show the depth of human emotion. Authenticity is part of kindness and empathy. The photo that you showed of Diego reflected his great love and respect for the man who mentored him and gave him the gift of music. That is an act of kindness and the deep wells of goodness that exist around the world. Kindness touches the heart in many ways and diversity is good since we each experience and process it differently.

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  2. I can see where it’s a fine line. The photograph of the child playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral was emotionally touching — bittersweet in that it’s clear the teacher had not just “done an act of kindness” for these children, but had “lived kindness” for them. The photograph showed raw emotion that the teacher was going to be greatly missed.

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  3. First, congratulations on the project and my respects for the amount of content you guys put together with incredible consistency!

    Regarding your question, feelings are certainly a fine line to tread. Showing raw emotion will obviously strike cords…but that’s the whole point, right?

    Personally, for me the saddest part was reading the last line about Diego’s leukemia.

    Now again, some of the posts I see and say “What does a pig sleeping on a smoking man have to do with kindness?”…but that’s just me.

    Keep going and have an AWESOME day 🙂

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      The ‘pig sleeping on a smoking man’ post is part of the same thing we are experiencing, whereby we are struggling a little to stay within our niche and without bringing in content that, whilst pleasing, is perhaps not relevant to the overall theme…

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      1. Not trying to be nasty here (non-native English speaker), but the line is quite clear.

        Kindess ALWAYS warms your heart, there are no down-sides to it. Though it may start as a harsh situation, the end result is positive (example being the woman with the stolen plant pot, the tip to fly to italy or the man floating with the 19 year old athritic dog).

        Cuteness, “easy” compassion or cliché ain’t kindness 😉 We can ALL relate to victims of terrible situations…but I don’t think that is your game field.

        Again, I think you guys are doing a GREAT project and just trying to provide constructive criticism.

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  4. The photo was touching more so because today we often complain of the uncaring young people around us, so your post reminds us not to judge but to learn from others day in and day out.

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  5. In general, I think the content and story definitely have a place on your wonderful, uplifting, and touching blog. I read every post, every day. You guys are great!

    But I have to agree with Laurie. This particular post struck me as intensely bittersweet, with just slightly more emphasis on sad side of things. I think if the focal point of the story was the teacher’s kindness, instead of his death/funeral/leukemia, I might have felt that the content involved kindness first and foremost. The focal point did seem to be that wonderful teacher’s death/funeral/leukemia (perhaps because of the order in which things were presented).

    What if, for example, you change the title to not include “funeral” (e.g. “Child Cries out of Love for Teacher” or something) and move the first sentence (in some edited form) closer to the end. Then the focus would be more on what you’ve first mentioned: “Diego’s teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through his kindness and their shared love of music.” and “Diego was Brazilian, and a member of the group Afro Reggae. Diego’s teacher taught him and several other kids how to play musical instruments, and they would all play to raise donations for sick children.” Then the funeral part and fuller explanation of the poor child’s crying could come closer to the end, adding a deeper, real, albeit sad, dimension to the story.

    I hope this helps a little. Thanks for such a great blog guys!! I love reading, it really makes a difference in my day!

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  6. I do not read posts that are sad and do not want to see photos that are sad. I struggle with depression and chose to follow your blog to renew my faith in the kindness of people, because I see so many people who are rude and discourteous and appear oblivious to others’ needs. I have been thinking of stopping following your blog because I have found too many of the posts sad. It’s just not what I was hoping for. I’m not saying they are bad posts, just that not what I need right now.

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  7. I see what you are saying, what you are concerned about, I have a suggestion that may help. I think your posts are great, your post today showed raw emotion with the foundation of it being love. You had love from the teacher with love being returned by the students so I believe this post was spot on to your ethics. I see where some folks who are depressed with so much sadness in this world could have done without the parts about the two deaths. Maybe you could run a section (B) within your blog for articles that might be borderline material in your staffs opinion. Personally I think you are doing a very good job, your articles give me a smile, even this one, because I chose/choose to see people who loved, not the two people who died.

    ted

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  8. A big thank you for all of the comments and suggestions so far which we will most certainly take on-board and integrate into our efforts going forward 🙂

    For a while we have been exploring the idea of a sister blog to this one (but based solely on forgiveness) but we are also now considering the idea of a blog that is purely for showing powerful photos and images, that can be used to reflect, open the heart and give pause for thought.

    We appreciate you guys and gals very much ❤

    Team KB

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  9. I am responding based on an acutely personal experience: death was a taboo subject in my household. When I had to live through it, everything that made me as I was prior to my first experience with death left with that person: my mother to whom I had always been extremely close. The way your imagined post takes shape is, highly gentle but realistic at the same time. I would say: please, just please, don’t sugar-coat death to children (or to anyone else for that matter); for the actual experience of it never leaves that individual as far as traumas are concerned. Thank you for raising this question with your readers.

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  10. I must admit most of the time I read the caption, take a look at the photo and that is sufficient enough for me. The title and the picture brought love and kindness to me without reading the whole story. And I left it just like because I feel good enough without reading it.

    I must admit most of the photos I see in your blog is pure kindness, the words and sentence structure sometimes distort the story. This is speaking from English is my second language.

    As far as some people, being critical and judgemental can be in their nature. I can be one. Nough said.

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  11. Any photo behind which there is a story of honest feelings is related to kindness one way or the other. True honest feelings are the main force behind any act of kindness.

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      1. People differ according to their personal lives and experiences. Some may hate such posts, while others may find comfort and consolation in them more than any of us can imagine.

        Maybe most people like nice soft posts. That’s just fine, but there will always remain one thing for certain; people need to explore their differences in order to truly understand life.

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  12. I appreciate your blog, and all of you who participate in developing it. Kindness is beautiful, and often needed in difficult times and moments. I have not seen a post that I did not appreciate. But have had to think about how someone else saw it and thought of ‘kindness’. A kindness to someone else may not be recognized by me, but that doesn’t make it any less kind to the person who received it’s benefit. Having had a death in our family recently, I am amazed at the kind gestures expressed by many others. I found the student crying for his teacher to be touching and beautiful. And the kindness the teacher brought to the student, equally beautiful. And how kind of people of this world to be touched by the teacher’s lessons and gifts, the students emotions and gift back to his teacher, and the sadness we feel for the young man’s passing.

    Thank you for what you do. I very much appreciate it.

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  13. Love coming here. If I don’t care for a particular entry, I turn the page. What a novel idea, eh?

    Yes. We often find the most kindness expressed toward us during times of grief. This child was grieving due to loss of kindness, grieving loss of a kind person.

    I think: Define kindness. Point out the kindness hidden in each post. If it isn’t about kindness, edit it out. But don’t be afraid of grief if it’s accompanying kindness.

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