Kindness is Being on Time

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Scroll down for the Landing Page (aka Table of Contents) for this Kindness series.

True or False? Being on time is a kindness issue.

Kindness means having concern for others and being able to show that concern through our thoughts and actions. Let’s look at the definitions of kindness. I think you’ll agree it is.

Kindness is The quality of being friendly, considerate, thoughtful, and concerned.

Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others.

Kindness requires empathy. A kind person is able to put themselves in another person’s position and see things from their perspective. Kindness is essentially about treating others the way you would want to be treated.

Not everyone believes that being on time is a kindness issue. But to me, it is. In fact, kindness should be the 6th love language.

This love language concept is from Gary Chapman. The first book to discuss love languages is The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. The love languages are about how you feel loved. The five examples include the following: receiving gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, and quality time.

When someone “talks” to you in your love language, you feel appreciated, affirmed, and noticed. Kindness does that, too. Just like love languages, kindness builds social connections.

When I meet with someone, timeliness on their part is a way I feel appreciated, affirmed, and noticed. When folks are on time, I attribute the following motives to them . . .

  • They respect my schedule and the sacrifices I made to meet at the appointed time.
  • They think I am valuable enough to meet at the agreed-upon time.
  • They are concentrating on our relationship above anything else at that moment.

And their on-time actions demonstrate that they are dependable and a person of their word.

I understand that sometimes it really is impossible to get someplace on time. I am not talking about those times. I am talking about the folks who are chronically late. It is these folks who I am not sure about their intentions.

Just like love languages, kindness builds social connections.

Your Turn . . . How does it make you feel when people are on time? Do you think it is a kind action?

Related Posts . . .

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.


Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

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