James A. Cusumano

Alchymist – Entrepreneur – Author – Filmmaker – Hotelier

Acts of Kindness

Jan 12, 2023 by James A. Cusumano

A dear friend shared with me a holiday message on kindness from the Dalai Lama. It concerns the difference between superficial and transformational kindness. 

It occurred to me that if there were a greater presence of transformational kindness in the world, most, if not all of our problems, would disappear. Here’s what the Dalai Lama had to say.

“On first glance, kindness seems easy to practice. Yet if we go deeper, it is not always so easy. Being kind to oneself and others superficially is okay, at least some of the time. But on a deeper level, it requires personal transformation of our harmful emotions of anger, jealousy, and pride into tolerance, appreciation, and humility; selfishness into unconditional love; and buying into false appearances into recognizing them to be illusions. 

The full practice of kindness requires a lot from us. We must be agents of change for ourselves and for others. Then and only then are we fully practicing kindness. 

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. Prayers of love, peace, meaning, and joy.”

A few thoughts for your consideration.

Enjoy your journey! Make a difference!



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