The Kind Road

One of my goals with this blog is that when writing a humorous post I want to always take the kind road, mostly laughing at myself (I can take it), while elevating and inspiring others. I also tend to follow blogs who appear to take the kind road and avoid acidic, cutting, mean-spirited humor.

That is not to say that I judge my way is better than theirs. It’s just that I don’t understand their way. I believe that when I cut down others, wise people see through the words–no matter how “clever”–and know that I am suffering inside. Such actions tend to bring more suffering to me. So that’s why I don’t understand why intelligent people–including myself when I catch myself doing it–act in a way that creates harm, pain, and divisiveness.

So, when I saw the write-up below at Mikey’s Funnies I wanted to share it with you. I figure if you are a reader or follower of this blog there is a good chance that you’ll understand and appreciate where Benjamin Franklin was coming from.


“In honor of the Fourth of July…

“Dr. Benjamin Franklin was not really a doctor; his title Doctor was one of those first honorariums given a man of great achievement and reflects the impact he had on his age.

“Here are seven ways Benjamin Franklin would suggest you consider to be seen as one with a brain and a social wit:

“~ Elevate, not desecrate. Never use cutting humour, dissect theirs.

~ Keep your humour light, fun, open to participation.

~ Reflect your humour to show you row your own boat.

~ You row merrily, and you attract others to you.

~ As you deflect bitterness, fear, answers appear.

~ Your summary encapsulates the situation and hints that the best way out may be to back up to where we went wrong, once we all clearly agree what that was.

~ Elevate, even exaggerate, achievement. Mock an obvious folly but with a twist. If attacked, return their volley as a mirror.”


You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.


Yeah, you can send this Funny to anybody you want. And, if you’re REAL nice, you’ll tell them where you got it!

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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4 Responses to The Kind Road

  1. I so agree! And LOVE the skydiving “thought”~ Appreciate your “kind” perspective ~

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you for your KIND comment!


  3. I love this post! I try to build up and not tear down. Sometimes I mess it up and then I apologize. But a saying that I really like is: You don’t have to blow my candle out to make yours shine brighter. Thanks for this post. đŸ™‚

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Diana! I appreciate your kind comments and like your saying about the candles! It’s similar to the one I’d heard that you don’t have to tear down my building to make your building taller.


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