Photo by Carol Gutzeit
Kindness matters. When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kindness. It’s your ego that needs to be right; your soul prefers to be kind. Kindness is as kindness does.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama
Kindness is everywhere if you look for it. Be Kind could appear on a frozen lake as you're walking by and put a smile on your face. You always get to choose what you look for in life so choose to see kindness.
Choose to be kind to yourself. The more you treat yourself with kindness the easier it will be to show kindness towards others. Remember to fill yourself up with uplifting beliefs, thoughts, and feelings so that being kind is part of your natural expression.
You're choosing kindness every time you do what you say you're going to do. This builds integrity with yourself and creates trust with others. It's kind to honor your word because it means that what you say truly matters.
Kindness comes from a generosity of spirit. Your spirit has everything you need to thrive in this world and naturally shares with others. Being kind is one way to connect soul to soul and make a difference.
Show kindness to your body. When it's tired, rest; when it needs nourishment, feed it whole foods; when it feels tense, stretch; when it gets cranky, relax; when it feels stressed, breathe; and when it needs to recharge, go outside and connect with nature.
Be kind to animals. When we see videos of animals being rescued in the wild or from shelters our hearts are moved by the kindness of humans. Just imagine how the animal feels when its life is saved or protected. It usually expresses its appreciation in ways that open our hearts even more. That's the power of witnessing kindness in action.
Acts of kindness change lives. If you're giving kindness it changes your life; when you receive an act of kindness your life will never be the same. Whether they're given or received, acts of kindness will transform your life.
An Act of Kindness
I was celebrating my birthday with a group of girlfriends by going out to dinner at a nice restaurant. There were twelve of us seated at a long table and we ordered everything from appetizers and drinks to entrees and dessert. There was lots of laughter and joy coming from our table as we enjoyed a delicious meal together.
At the end of our amazing meal the server brought the check and on it was written PAID. When I asked who paid for it she pointed to a man who was dining on an upper level of the restaurant with his family, and said: "He did! Don't you know him?"
None of us knew this man. I got up to go thank him and when I did he acted like he didn't know what I was talking about. I guess because I looked so perplexed his daughter spoke up and said: “Oh, he likes to do that but he doesn't want any credit for it. He usually picks people who are having a good time.”
His generosity definitely added to the celebration that night and I'll never forget this extraordinary act of kindness. He inspired me to pay it forward in a variety of ways because that’s what kindness does; it multiplies.
With love and light,
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