If I could say one thing today that I would hope is something that my readers would take to heart it is to just be kind. I am preaching to the choir here with the folks that read my blog. You guys all get it. But sadly, not everyone does.
I have witnessed acts of unkindness lately and insensitivity and it leaves me with a lot of emotions.
I don’t understand how someone can use words that will intentionally hurt another person. I always try to give folks the benefit of the doubt but I must admit the past couple of weeks my patience is wearing a bit thin with people who just say mean things. What’s the point? What do we gain when we are mean?
So once again I feel like I am on my Be Kind soapbox. It’s easy. It makes you feel fabulous when you are kind. It gives you energy and positivity and all of the things that just make you feel good. So do it. Do an act of kindness and feel good about yourself and others. I would love to hear about things that you do – whether anonymously or known – that help promote kindness in our big world. In the meantime, take a look at this short video that shares the effect of a small kindness done.
Thank you for doing the kindness of reading this post. I am so glad you stopped by.
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Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
And even so, we have days where we fall short…sigh…
Good post, Beth Ann
Yes. It’s a struggle some days but gotta keep trying!
And being kind doesn’t cost you anything! Thanks for the positive message. xo
I have received kindness from you and whenever I see the evidence, I smile! Thank you for your example and encouragement to be kind today!
I’m sorry you’ve had to bear witness to unkindness recently. Like you, I don’t understand. Keep promoting kindness. It can never be stressed enough. You are one of the kindest and most loving people I know. Thank you for being caring, compassionate and kind YOU!
My sister is much kinder, more consistently then me. I was talking to her this week, about not wanting to go to the grocery store because so many of the employees are sad and bitter and complain incessantly. She said I should just tell each of them that I was so glad they were there and I was grateful for their work. I didn’t go quite that far, but I smiled at the cranky cashier.
“I smiled at the cranky person.” Urgh ick. If we are not honestly pleased or amused, and we think about what our faces are doing, we should tell our faces to RELAX. Showing teeth is not an act of kindness.
My idea of kindness when people in town seem “cranky” is not to notice them. I don’t demand that they set themselves on fire to keep me warm. I’d never press any kind of social attention on anyone who’s not actvely inviting it.
The choir needs to be preached to sometimes just to encourage us to keep going.
I agree. We need to show kindness and grace.
I am making an effort to reach out to restaurant servers. We have noticed that so many places are short staffed. With that goes irritable customers. The staff have to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and even hurt. So, I try to really commend the good staff members.