Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness
“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”
Theodore Isaac Rubin
“We can all fight against loneliness by engaging in random acts of kindness.”
In the northern hemisphere, we are moving into the lonely time of winter. When we practice kindness, we never feel alone. We can always find someone who needs our random kindness.
The amount of pie you have is limited. Share it all. The amount of love you have is unlimited. Share it all.
It’s finally the weekend. Now is the time for the kindness of deep sleep, rest for your mind, give your emotions a break. This is the start of the long haul of winter. We must focus our minds and hearts on the bright days of spring to come.
It may not seem that way to you, but people are super stressed out right now. Between politics, a deadly pandemic, the economy, the holidays, and everything else — it’s a lot right now. What if, for this week, you tried to make people feel loved? Kindness is love in action.
No matter what you have going on right now, take a moment to breathe before you respond. Ground into yourself. Then, you can be kind.
Some years ago, we quit our jobs and went on the Colorado Trail. Once on the trail, we soon realized that the guide book was usually wrong. We never knew what was around the corner. One turn could bring treacherous steel climbs while another an easy loping pace. Right now, around the world, we have no idea what’s around the corner. All we can do is be kind — to ourselves and everyone we meet.
The experts warn that the coming winter in the Northern Hemisphere may bring deep sickness and depression. We must fight the dark with kindness by taking great care to be kind to ourselves and to all we know. How will you create a daily practice of being kind to yourself and others?
This stuff isn’t going to be sorted out anytime soon. Turn off the TV. Set down the phone. Get some tea. Read a book. Breathe.
Now is a time to focus on what you want your future to look like. Do you wish to go back to school? Do you wish to learn a new career? Do you wish to move? Retire? While we are safe in our homes, we can search our hearts and plan for a new, kinder, future.
Feeling a little dried out? Feeling fresh like spring? Wherever you are, be kind — to yourself, to everyone around you, to those weirdos, all beings.
What if this year, you give yourself the trick of believing in yourself? What if you treat yourself to peace of mind?
You are surrounded by so much beauty. Give yourself the luxury of simply noticing it. Be kind to you.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. Kindness is always the right direction.
The future s a blank slate. What will you focus on?