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Every person has opinions on how to improve the world, though no one wants to practice kindness in their own backyard. World peace will not arise from overthrowing dictatorial powers or ending conflicts between nations. It will happen when humanity raises its consciousness beyond that of fear and hatred. Its motives emerge through kind thoughts towards oneself and others.
Kindness is not something that demands hard work. It originates from the simple act of doing no harm to others. It involves judging less, however compelled you might be to do so. The ego is quick to judge when it is victimised and hurt, so it retaliates in revenge. Kindness, however, bites its tongue. It does not seek to be right but to preserve peace of mind. You gain little by giving someone a piece of your mind, other than inciting conflict and separation.
It might be clear to you that fighting force with force is not the way towards peace. But you might ask, does that mean allowing others to treat me unfairly? No, not by any means. Are you letting others treat you unfairly on some level? Or unconsciously giving them permission to do so? Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart. It slows down the aging process and improves relationships and connections, which indirectly boosts your health. People believe kindness is particular to those of religious faith because of their moral vows.
Kindness does not require you to be of religious faith or even spiritual. Cats also show kindness and are treasured for their emotional connection. It influences the giver more than the receiver and has correlations with enhanced mental, emotional and physical well-being. Through the s, the late Dr. Masaru Emoto performed a series of experiments examining the natural effects of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. He noted when kind and loving words were conveyed to the water, they formed a complete crystal structure compared to energies of hate and anger.
People believe kindness signifies weakness and being taken advantage of. You can be kind and assertive when others attempt to profit from your kindness. You should in no way undermine your self-worth at the expense of others, but simply practice kindness while upholding your integrity. We are alerted to fear more than goodness. Psychologists believe we are wired to detect that which threatens our survival and happiness.
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We give attention to acts of cruelty in the news because it is perceived as a threat to our survival. In these times of disingenuous social media interactions, unkindness abounds as people hide behind screens. This does not make it appropriate to abuse others. Also, badly-treated children have a clear notion of what they are likely to get if they betray the secrets of a prison-house before they are clear of it. Alice took the children during Spring to Goldings Farm at Loughton , where a carefree summer and autumn was spent on the farm and adjoining Forest, some of the time with Stanley Baldwin.
Near the end of his schooling, it was decided that Kipling did not have the academic ability to get into Oxford University on a scholarship.
Life's Paces: Lessons Of Life In Poetry
Kipling was to be assistant editor of a local newspaper, the Civil and Military Gazette. He sailed for India on 20 September and arrived in Bombay on 18 October. He described the moment years later: "So, at sixteen years and nine months, but looking four or five years older, and adorned with real whiskers which the scandalised Mother abolished within one hour of beholding, I found myself at Bombay where I was born, moving among sights and smells that made me deliver in the vernacular sentences whose meaning I knew not.
Other Indian-born boys have told me how the same thing happened to them. After these, my English years fell away, nor ever, I think, came back in full strength".
The former, which was the newspaper Kipling was to call his "mistress and most true love",  appeared six days a week throughout the year, except for one-day breaks for Christmas and Easter. Stephen Wheeler, the editor, worked Kipling hard, but Kipling's need to write was unstoppable. In , he published his first collection of verse, Departmental Ditties. That year also brought a change of editors at the newspaper; Kay Robinson , the new editor, allowed more creative freedom and Kipling was asked to contribute short stories to the newspaper.
In an article printed in the Chums boys' annual, an ex-colleague of Kipling's stated that "he never knew such a fellow for ink — he simply revelled in it, filling up his pen viciously, and then throwing the contents all over the office, so that it was almost dangerous to approach him. In the summer of , Kipling visited Shimla , then Simla, a well-known hill station and the summer capital of British India.
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By then it was the practice for the Viceroy of India and government to move to Simla for six months, and the town became a "centre of power as well as pleasure". Rudyard Kipling returned to Simla for his annual leave each year from to , and the town featured prominently in many stories he wrote for the Gazette.
It began in heat and discomfort, by rail and road. It ended in the cool evening, with a wood fire in one's bedroom, and next morn — thirty more of them ahead! One had leisure to work, too, at whatever play-work was in one's head, and that was usually full. Back in Lahore, 39 of his stories appeared in the Gazette between November and June Kipling included most of them in Plain Tales from the Hills , his first prose collection, published in Calcutta in January , a month after his 22nd birthday.
Kipling's time in Lahore, however, had come to an end. In November , he was moved to the Gazette ' s larger sister newspaper, The Pioneer , in Allahabad in the United Provinces , where worked as assistant editor and lived in Belvedere House from to Kipling's writing continued at a frenetic pace. These contain a total of 41 stories, some quite long. In addition, as The Pioneer ' s special correspondent in the western region of Rajputana , he wrote many sketches that were later collected in Letters of Marque and published in From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches, Letters of Travel.
Kipling was discharged from The Pioneer in early after a dispute. By this time, he had been increasingly thinking of his future. Kipling decided to use the money to move to London, as the literary centre of the British Empire.
Kipling was favourably impressed by Japan, calling its people "gracious folk and fair manners". Kipling later wrote that he "had lost his heart" to a geisha whom he called O-Toyo, writing while in the United States during the same trip across the Pacific, "I had left the innocent East far behind Weeping softly for O-Toyo O-Toyo was a darling. Kipling arrived unannounced at Twain's home, and later wrote that as he rang the doorbell, "It occurred to me for the first time that Mark Twain might possibly have other engagements other than the entertainment of escaped lunatics from India, be they ever so full of admiration.
As it was, Twain gladly welcomed Kipling and had a two-hour conversation with him on trends in Anglo-American literature and about what Twain was going to write in a sequel to Tom Sawyer , with Twain assuring Kipling that a sequel was coming, although he had not decided upon the ending: either Sawyer would be elected to Congress or he would be hanged. In London, Kipling had several stories accepted by magazines.
He found a place to live for the next two years at Villiers Street , near Charing Cross in a building subsequently named Kipling House :. Meantime, I had found me quarters in Villiers Street , Strand , which forty-six years ago was primitive and passionate in its habits and population. My rooms were small, not over-clean or well-kept, but from my desk I could look out of my window through the fanlight of Gatti's Music-Hall entrance, across the street, almost on to its stage. The Charing Cross trains rumbled through my dreams on one side, the boom of the Strand on the other, while, before my windows, Father Thames under the Shot tower walked up and down with his traffic.
In the next two years, he published a novel, The Light That Failed , had a nervous breakdown , and met an American writer and publishing agent, Wolcott Balestier , with whom he collaborated on a novel, The Naulahka a title which he uncharacteristically misspelt; see below. Before his return, he had used the telegram to propose to and be accepted by Wolcott's sister Caroline Starr Balestier — , called "Carrie", whom he had met a year earlier, and with whom he had apparently been having an intermittent romance. On 18 January , Carrie Balestier aged 29 and Rudyard Kipling aged 26 married in London, in the "thick of an influenza epidemic, when the undertakers had run out of black horses and the dead had to be content with brown ones.
Henry James gave the bride away. Kipling and his wife settled upon a honeymoon that took them first to the United States including a stop at the Balestier family estate near Brattleboro, Vermont and then to Japan. We bought, second or third hand, a huge, hot-air stove which we installed in the cellar.
We cut generous holes in our thin floors for its eight-inch [20 cm] tin pipes why we were not burned in our beds each week of the winter I never can understand and we were extraordinarily and self-centredly content. In this house, which they called Bliss Cottage , their first child, Josephine, was born "in three-foot of snow on the night of 29 December Her Mother's birthday being the 31st and mine the 30th of the same month, we congratulated her on her sense of the fitness of things It was also in this cottage that the first dawnings of The Jungle Books came to Kipling: "The workroom in the Bliss Cottage was seven feet by eight, and from December to April, the snow lay level with its window-sill.
It chanced that I had written a tale about Indian Forestry work which included a boy who had been brought up by wolves. In the stillness, and suspense, of the winter of '92 some memory of the Masonic Lions of my childhood's magazine, and a phrase in Haggard's Nada the Lily , combined with the echo of this tale. After blocking out the main idea in my head, the pen took charge, and I watched it begin to write stories about Mowgli and animals, which later grew into the two Jungle Books.
With Josephine's arrival, Bliss Cottage was felt to be congested, so eventually the couple bought land — 10 acres 4. Kipling named this Naulakha , in honour of Wolcott and of their collaboration, and this time the name was spelt correctly. In a mere four years he produced, along with the Jungle Books , a book of short stories The Day's Work , a novel Captains Courageous , and a profusion of poetry, including the volume The Seven Seas. The collection of Barrack-Room Ballads was issued in March , first published individually for the most part in , and contained his poems " Mandalay " and " Gunga Din ".
He especially enjoyed writing the Jungle Books and also corresponding with many children who wrote to him about them. The writing life in Naulakha was occasionally interrupted by visitors, including his father , who visited soon after his retirement in ,  and the British writer Arthur Conan Doyle , who brought his golf clubs, stayed for two days, and gave Kipling an extended golf lesson. Kipling loved the outdoors,  not least of whose marvels in Vermont was the turning of the leaves each fall.
He described this moment in a letter: "A little maple began it, flaming blood-red of a sudden where he stood against the dark green of a pine-belt. Next morning there was an answering signal from the swamp where the sumacs grow.
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Three days later, the hill-sides as fast as the eye could range were afire, and the roads paved, with crimson and gold. Then a wet wind blew, and ruined all the uniforms of that gorgeous army; and the oaks , who had held themselves in reserve, buckled on their dull and bronzed cuirasses and stood it out stiffly to the last blown leaf, till nothing remained but pencil-shadings of bare boughs, and one could see into the most private heart of the woods.
In February , Elsie Kipling was born, the couple's second daughter. By this time, according to several biographers, their marital relationship was no longer light-hearted and spontaneous.