“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Human kindness isn’t a soft touch; it’s the solid bedrock upon which society stands. Picture it as a robust tree—its roots running deep, grounding us, its branches sheltering us. It doesn’t weaken us—it lends strength to the collective fiber of a free society.

Picture a thread. On its own, it may appear feeble. But spin these threads together, braid them into a rope, and you have a bond that can pull mountains. Kindness is that thread, entwining us, making us tough, making us resilient.

A nation doesn’t need to be heartless to exhibit power. Think of the eagle, soaring high—majestic and strong, yet nurturing and protective. A nation can be that eagle—tough yet kind, powerful yet gentle. Brutality isn’t a sign of strength—real power lies in the harmony of toughness and kindness.

Don’t mistake kindness for a flaw. It’s the lighthouse guiding us home amidst the storm. It’s the northern star, a beacon of hope, promising safer shores, fueling our stamina to keep sailing even in the face of adversity.

So, let’s celebrate kindness. Let’s honor the compassionate souls who show us that you don’t need to be cruel to be resilient, don’t need to be harsh to be strong.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Product + Content Marketing at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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