Every act of kindness
grows the spirit and
strengthens the soul.
If it is true,
as AA suggests,
that people, once they are sober, drink again because they fail to enlarge their spiritual life,
then being kind is not merely a lofty human goal;
to the alcoholic in recovery it is
But it is easy to think that some internal shift is required before one can begin to be kind -- some kind of inner transformation as the catalyst to a change in how one treats others.
In my experience this is far from the truth.
One does not need to be suffused with love for their fellow man or be motivated purely by altruism, to be kind.
One just needs to be kind.
The rest will take care of itself.