This is my thirty third post for Linda’s One Liner Wednesday Challenge. This week’s challenge is Kindness or just random funny and inspirational one liners. I tried to make it one liners but some are two liners. Hope everyone is doing well, staying home, and staying safe. Here’s a link to Linda’s blog https://lindaghill.com/2020/04/15/one-liner-wednesday-april-15th-2020-kindness/

Here’s a favorite quote of mine:

Neerja has been a turning point in my life not because of the movie but the kind of person she still is in my life. Kindness is something very rare these days, and that is something she has taught me.”

~ Sonam Kapoor

Many Americans don’t even know her name or her story. They don’t even know that she saved the lives of Americans with no thought to her own life. She was the first heroine of a plane that was hijacked just mere fifteen years before the horrific 9/11 attacks.  Neerja Bhanot was an Indian head purser who died while saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime gallantry, the Ashok Chakra Award, as well as several other accolades from the government of Pakistan and the United States. She was shot while helping passengers escape through the emergency exits. In addition to saving the lives of many hostages, Bhanot had also helped prevent the plane from getting off the ground. She posthumously received multiple awards for her courage from the United States government, and the Tamgha-e-Pakistan from Pakistan, an award given for showing great human kindness. Her life and heroism inspired the biopic Neerja, released in 2016 and directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor. One of the courageous things that she did was collect and hide all the passports of all the American citizens and residents on the flight. The hijackers were part of the Abu Nidal Organization, a Palestinian terrorist organization backed by Libya; they were targeting Americans and American assets. In the early minutes of the hijacking, they identified an Indian-American citizen, dragged him to the exit, shot him dead and threw his body from the plane. The terrorists then instructed Bhanot to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the other Americans on board. She and the other attendants under her charge hid the passports of the remaining 43 Americans on board, some under a seat and the rest down a rubbish chute so that the hijackers could not differentiate between American and non-American passengers. Sadly she died the day before her 24th birthday and her body was returned to her family on her 24th birthday.

Some Kindness pictures and quotes

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“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated & helping those in need; to me, those are traditional values.”

~ Ellen DeGeneres

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

~ Mark Twain

I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”

~ Lady Gaga

“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.”

~ Martin Scorsese

“There is a huge place for compassion, kindness and understanding in everybody’s life. Especially in this age where there is so much to strive for and hatred… For a 22-year-old girl to show that much patience, kindness and love, is something we should all follow.”

~ Sonam Kapoor

“What we see before us is a politics devoid of kindness and truth… today, politics is not being used in the service of the people: it is being used to crush them, not to lift them up.”

~ Rahul Gandhi

“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.”

~ Mother Teresa

“I believe that people should believe people around them, they should treat each other with kindness.”

~ Paresh Rawal

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

~ Princess Diana

“Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.”

~ William Shakespeare

“The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.”

~ Anita Roddick

“Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.”

~ George Eliot