“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life
is thank you, it will be enough.”
I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world, you will eventually become it.
Tyler Kent White
Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.
Let’s face it. We’re not fond of each other. Some of us aren’t fond enough of others to simply wear a mask to keep their viral load to themselves. Even if we are not fond of each other, we can still be kind to each other. Why bother? Because we are kind people.
The kindest thing you can do right now is say: I am listening. Be kind. Listen. And if you are suffering, find someone who will listen to you. They are out there.
Wherever you are, take a moment. Breathe. Breathe again. No one needs you to freak out today. Breathe in peace, breathe out stress. When you’re able, be kind.
We spend a lot of time looking at the awful, the cruel, the con, and the horror of 2020. If we shift our focus to what is beautiful, we will find out that we already are it or we will become it soon enough.
In times of great stress, one way to keep your peace of mind is to search for what is beautiful. This time of year is so beautiful. Find the flowers, seeds, food, and people that give you beauty and bring the beauty out in you.
Spring is always coming. Always. It’s either coming to your outside world or coming to your life. Grieve what’s lost, but expect the force of beauty and power of spring is coming for you. Like the cherry tree, do the work now and get ready to bloom.
Everywhere we go, we plant seeds. Everything we say, plants seeds of thought and opinion. What seeds are you planting? What seeds are you allowing to be planted in your mind and soul? Make your seeds kind.
Just a quick reminder that you “win” by being kind. You’ve got this!
In the coming week, we will be inundated with opinion, judgment, and rage. The way to survive is to focus on your own internal compass.Where do you find joy? Where do you laugh? Where do draw the line? Kindness is an excellent compass for the whole of your life.
How can we not be kind? Times of big change always lead to rivers of tears. Everyone has their own river of tears — injury, illness, the death of a beloved friend or family member, loss of income, lack of food, housing issues, and situation that you and I have never thought of. We must work to treat every interaction with kindness. I know that it’s hard. I also know that you can do it. Be kind.
“Having more money will not fill the hole inside you. Only love can do that.” I think we forget this. We celebrate people because they have more money than they can spend in ten lifetimes. Yet, most of these men (yes, they are mostly men) live lives impoverished of love, community, and real friendship.
Happiness research shows that as soon as a household can pay the basics — food, rent, schooling, fun, etc — there is no happiness benefit to having more money. None. So if you feel like you have a hole inside you, find ways to love more. Being kind is the easiest way to show your love. When you love more, more love comes back to you. That’s how it works.