“So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1851 – 1919) was a prolific American writer of prose and poetry. Her strength was her belief in the triumph of hope over despair, of victory over failure, of good over evil, and of kindness over selfishness.


  • How would you define the “art of being kind”?
  • What does religion (“so many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind”) bring to the world?
  • What has religion brought to you?
  • Reflect and journal about specific ways you can express kindness
    – with family members … immediate and extended
    – with work colleagues
    – in your community
    – with strangers
    – in the world

How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response.  At your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts Scroll through the various images/titles (click ‘earlier posts’ when you get to the bottom of a page), make your choice and begin. Periodically, it may help to check in with the “Welcome” post www.soulistry.com/soulquestions/welcome that explains what Soul-Questions is about.

© June Maffin