“Recognition of Kindness is the beginning of Wisdom.”

March 30, 2012


Photo courtesy of Yvonne-Samesch_Wisewords (Pinterest)

is more important than wisdom
and the recognition
of this
is the beginning of wisdom.
– Theodore Isaac Rubin

Kindness is on the brain.  I have not only been the recipient of great kindness as of late, but also, I seem to be witnessing it all around me. The kindness spectrum is a broad one to be sure.

Small little gestures such as a smile which can brighten someone’s day, Q offering E her little pink musical basket as she scoots close to the bookcase where it resides (instead of throwing it as he is so inclined to do with everything these days), my dad who is leaving tomorrow packaging up something for me unasked so I didn’t have to worry about it, and the IRS folks who spent nearly 2 hours with me on the phone today as we tried to sort out why I received a giant bill in the mail, when I should not have to pay anything.

Then there is virtual kindness. Emails from friends and loved ones. Sharing of blog posts by other bloggers on Facebook.  Rallying behind causes and pages when it’s clear that the admins might need a little extra love and sweet comments left on posts of other bloggers to let them know you appreciate them, their experiences and their writing.

All different small acts of kindness all with a different emotional reactions and outcomes.

There are also bigger acts of kindness such as what we have received in the support of  our March of Dimes team,”The Pruitt Wondertwins.” This kindness has moved me through a whole spectrum of emotions as well. The continued awe I have as our friends and family continue to rally around us when I feel odd and badly to ask them to keep giving us more of themselves.  The fragility I have as I continue to take short trips back in time as we rally around this very special cause.  And, the overwhelming sense of love I have for every kind word, donation, and extra extension of yourselves.  It’s truly remarkable to experience this kindness.

Big or small gestures, kindness does not need to be measured for really kindness is really about the way it makes us and others feel.  Today, I wish you the awareness and the wisdom to give a gesture of kindness, simple of grand, and to be aware of the kindness that is extended to you.  It’s such a wonderful gift and the ripple effect on others around us may give everyone a moment in the day to have “anewfavoriteday.”

Linking up at “Bees with Honey” with some other amazing bloggers who give kindness all the time.

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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15 Comments on ““Recognition of Kindness is the beginning of Wisdom.””

  1. Running from Hell with El Says:

    So very true, what you say about kindness above. Interesting concept, that kindness comes before wisdom (or is the first step to wisdom). xo.


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Thanks El. Part of my thoughts drifted to you as I wrote this….the kindness you offer and receive from others in this virtual space is ever inspiring to me. I hope today is peaceful and full of wisdom/kindness for you:) xo

      Shannon Pruitt SMPI Marketing Group, LLC strategy. media. packaging. insights.


  2. Carrie @Tempo Life Coaching Says:

    “Big or small gestures, kindness does not need to be measured for really kindness is really about the way it makes us and others feel.” So true! Lately I’ve been overwhelmed, in a good way, by the level of kindness that exists in my life, largely from my growing interactions with some wonderful bloggers. I’m also equally disheartened with the lack of kindness that occurs in every day life around me. I’m amazed and somewhat horrified by what I see and hear. You are one of the people I appreciate so much, for your attitude, your kindness, your writing, your willingness to spread goodness into this world.


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      So glad you are experiencing kindness Carrie. Not only are you so deserving as you spread kindness yourself but also you are a lovely light in this crazy world and you inspire kindness. It is sad that there does seem to be so much negativity in the world and that’s where it we can we can do our own small part. Basically, that’s what I try to do, some kindness here and there which helps brighten the world around me, like you do:).



  3. Shiftless Mommie Says:

    Thank you for reminding me about all the kind things that can happen in this world! I needed some perspective.


  4. Bruna Says:

    It’s amazing how something as simple as a smile, hug or someone letting you into their lane while driving can add to the positiveness of your day.


  5. singleworkingmomswm Says:

    It’s so easy to focus on all of the crappy things that happen in life, the folks who are rude, the happenstance that seems unfair, but I find that by subscribing to blogs such as yours, Shannon, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with positive reminders that goodness exists on all levels-sometimes we have to look a little harder for it, to notice it on the smaller scale-but I also believe that struggling helps us become more aware. I’m grateful! Thank you so much for such a sweet and truthful post. And, I’m happy to hear that your March of Dimes contributions are doing so well! XOXO


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Thanks so much Kasey! Your words warm my heart and I couldn’t agree more, even I get caught up in the nonsense and the toxic cycle of frustration and forgetting to see the little things. I do the same as you in trying to find those reminders from this wonderful community of people as well as looking through the lens of my own blog where I take a little extra time to to find “that” moment in the day where I could say this moment makes it ‘mynewfavoriteday.’ I so appreciate interactions with people and comments here because it too let’s me know that others want to find and appreciate there little things too. Have a great day!

      Shannon Pruitt SMPI Marketing Group, LLC strategy. media. packaging. insights.


  6. themommypsychologist Says:

    A few years back, I made it a practice to do one kind, selfless thing for someone every day. The other part of it was that I couldn’t tell anyone what I had done. I learned some amazing things about myself as well as others through this practice. I just might have to do it again.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.” http://www.themommypsychologist.com


  7. Stasha Says:

    You really find beauty and joy in life. Coming here fills my soul.


  8. Transitioning Mom Says:

    The “law of attraction” states that we attract that which we put out to the universe. The kindness you have received and witnessed is clear proof the law of attraction is true. Lovely post, as always.


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