It costs nothing, but has immense value. It’s something we love to receive, but often forget to give.
When I was 13 I was going through a phase where I was confused and angry. I’m sure everyone has had a phase like this, but at the time I felt like I was the only one who had ever felt that way. I wasn’t a little kid anymore, but I wasn’t old enough to get my drivers license or vote. I had lost people who had always been in my life and I felt mad at the world for taking them from me. I just didn’t have it in me to exude kindness every day I got out of bed.
My family has always been so loving and kind; I cannot imagine my life without them. They showed me love and kindness, understanding, and empathy in the times I needed it most. In the darkest times I was shown kindness. Now that I’m out of that dark time, I reflect on it and see how my family’s kindness and warmth helped me find the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I hope to be that light and kindness for others.
Everyday we’re supposed to choose to be kind.
Is this easy?
Some mornings I don’t want to be kind, I want to be resentful and bitter. Some mornings I compare my life to other people’s. Some mornings I wonder why people who continue to intentionally hurt others get the “easy way” in life.
But, I know that as a human being I never will have all the answers. Think about Jesus; He was persecuted and sent to the world to die, but that didn’t change how kind He was. He still loved His enemies as if they were His friends. Use that as an example for yourself the next time you’re having a hard time being kind to someone. Maybe that someone is even yourself!
The world can be a harsh and cruel place. A drop of kindness can go such a long way and make you and the person you showed it to feel 200% better. I’m a firm believer in give good, get good. Be kind, get kind.
Lastly, I want to point out that it is never too late. You can always be kind! Even if you don’t have a good history with somebody, that’s okay! There might be a bad history, but you can help make a good future. Showing someone you genuinely care is truly priceless.
That’s all on the topic of kindness for today. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I know it was kind of long and didn’t have a lot of pretty pictures, but I’m learning that that’s okay. This post is meant to send a message. A message for others and for myself too.
Talk to you guys later ❤
What does kindness mean to you?
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