Be Incredibly Kind.

Last week I posted to my Twitter account, “What if we treated everyone with the same kindness we wish to be shown?”

Now this may be similar to the Golden Rule we all learn in Kindergarten, but I wouldn’t still be thinking about it if it was a concept that came easily. If you think about it, the idea is much deeper than a surface thought. It is human nature to be self-focused. We go about our daily habits reacting to the people and situations that affect us. But what if instead of waiting to respond to the world and how they treat us, we go out of our way to make someone smile? What if we do it with no expectation in return?

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed DenimLe Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

We do not live in a perfect world. In fact things can easily go wrong every single day and upset us. Last week I received a note on my door from my upstairs neighbors asking me to turn down my music at 4pm. And when I say asked I mean it was more of a telling me to do it kind of attitude. I’m pretty sure the words “not cool” and “just stop” were used. Instead of responding to their annoyed state with retaliation and anger, I was ultra cautious to listen to my music really quietly. I smiled at them when I saw them next and I chose to return their unpleasant letter with a different kind of my own. I wrote a letter out of kindness to apologize and left a vase with some flowers on their doorstep.

I’m not saying this story to brag or think highly of myself because to be quite honest I was annoyed at how rude they were at first. I’m saying this to encourage you to go about your week and respond to situations in the way that is not quite as easy. You’ll be surprised at how much it changes you just as much as the other person.
Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

Here are some ways you can be incredibly kind:

At work? Say goodmorning cheerfully. Geuninely ask about a coworkers day.  Place a note or flowers on a coworkers desk just to bring a little joy in their life. Thank a coworker for all the hard work they do to help you.

At home? Respond to the situations that annoy you with kindness and grace. Make the decision to not let the little things get to you. Forgive generously. Never take anything for granted and appreciate the little things that your loved ones do for you.

At the grocery store? Let someone else go ahead of you in line or have that parking spot you were waiting for. Respond lovingly to the person who gets on your last nerve. Compliment what someone is wearing and make an effort to make a stranger smile.

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

Le Motto | Be Incredibly Kind | Distressed Denim

One simple act of kindness has the ability to make someone’s entire day. So I challenge you this week to look for ways to be incredibly kind beyond expecting anything in return. Do it not because someone was kind to you. Not because they earned it. Not even because they deserve it. Do it because it’s part of who YOU are. I guarantee that action will make you feel better regardless the response you get.

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What can you do this week to be incredibly kind?

Keep smiling!

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I’m Molly! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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51 Comments

  1. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I love this post! I wish this could be the case, having suffered from being bullied for over half my life and only truly learning to accept myself and my flaws recently and not hold on to the nasty things I was called (thinks to my incredible Husband, Family, Friends and blogging) I wish people could learn to be kind and stop the hate and the prejudice. Maybe it’s naive of me to think but it wold be wonderful. Maybe one day.
    Have a fabulous evening girlie!

    Ellie xox 🙂
    http://Www.Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

    • Molly Clifton April 11, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Awww my sweet friend I’m so sorry to hear that! I wish everyone did it too. You are beautiful inside and out – just the way you are! Never let anyone tell you otherwise! Keep smiling!

  2. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    What a lovely message Molly. Sometimes you just should be nice to feel happy and positive, even under unfavorable situations.
    And when we are happy it reflects in our personality, just like yours.
    You look lovely!

    Richa
    http://www.fanciersworld.com

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 12:18 am

      Thanks for reading and for the sweet compliments Richa! I’m so glad you think so too! Have a great week babe!

  3. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Molly, I love the sentiment behind this post! When a stranger upsets me with rudeness I always like to remind myself that the situation isn’t about me. That person might be having a bad day, or just not be paying attention to the situation, and letting it ruin your day isn’t going to do any good at all!

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 12:22 am

      Thanks, Jesica! What a positive way to view the situations that affect you! I love that you are able to keep such an awesome view point on it! You amaze me dear! Hope your Monday was amazing and the rest of your week is wonderful!

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Thank you! Great way to brighten up the outfit!

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    Michelle Joseph
    April 12, 2016 / 2:01 am

    Such a positive post. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Thanks, Michelle! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  5. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 5:30 am

    Love this. Its quite easy to forget to such a simple thing – like kindness. Loved the tips you shared – effortless to do daily.

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 7:13 am

      It definitely is so easy to get caught in habit and forget what’s important! Thanks for reading!

  6. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 6:02 am

    This is such a beautiful post! One of my favorite quotes to keep in mind is, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” Thank you for sharing the story about your neighbor. I think your response was incredibly kind, and one we all can learn from. Hope your week is going well!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 7:14 am

      What a beautiful quote and matches my theme perfectly. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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    Joules (Pocketful of Joules)
    April 12, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Great post and a great reminder to try and spread a little more kindness into the world!

    • Molly Clifton April 12, 2016 / 7:14 am

      Thanks Joules! Hope you are blessed this week by extra kindness!

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:35 am

      Thank you Shauna! Hope the message inspired you!

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    Kait Elizabeth
    April 12, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Beautiful look and words Molly! If everyone could do this even just once a day, the world would be so different. Hugs, Kait
    http://www.makeminemaroon.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:36 am

      Thank you Kait! You are so right! Even once a day would make so much difference.

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:36 am

      Thanks Sandra! I’m glad you love it! It really motivates me too to spread more kindness!

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    Samantha
    April 12, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    These are true words of wisdom! The world really would be a nicer place if everyone could be just a little kinder. And I love your outfit!

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:37 am

      Samantha, definitely sharing wisdom – I love the important message behind the tee. So glad you agree!

  10. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    This is such a wonderful post, Molly, I really couldn’t agree more! I think you handled the situation with such class, which I really applaud you for. I am the same way, I try me best to reverse the situation I’m in by asking, “how would I like to be treated?” I try to make everyone feel acknowledged and like a human being. The number one thing everyone, regardless of age, reacts to is being ignored. No one likes to be ignored. I won’t get into my life story, but I was alway the underdog growing up and I remember what it was like not being acknowledged and how much it hurt and so I have a very sensitive spot when it comes to that and so I really seek to encourage and uplift everyone I happen to come across. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had issues with my temper growing up, haha. But, I’ve definitely come a long way and I purpose to continue to improve in that area. Thank you so much for sharing these practical and real life changing tips with us. You look beautiful on both the inside and out 🙂 Have an amazing day, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:38 am

      Jalisa, I always knew you had such a kind heart to and your thoughtful message shows that even a little more. Thank you for being so uplifting and being kind to those around you. You are a true beauty and I am so thankful for the kindness you have given me and others! Bless you!

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:38 am

      Thank you Alix! That is such a thoughtful thing to say!

  11. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    molly–GREAT post. i am with you behind all points in this post. i think that kindness goes a LONG way. there is that saying that i love, “everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. be kind. always” so cliche but so true right?! i am the same way as you, instead of being mean back, i react with kindness and that itself changes everything–for BOTH parties. thanks for sharing this. xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Thank you Janna – You are so right, everyone is fighting a battle we don’t know about. I’m going to have to remember that! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    This post is beautifully written and very humbling ! Speaks to my heart Molly girl! As always- so happy I met you through this crazy blogging thing ! 🙂
    Xoxo

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Thank you Victoria! I am so glad I was able to speak to your beautiful heart! Love you!

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    Raysa Garcia
    April 12, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Beautiful post, pictures, Look and You! (=^_^=)
    – Raysa

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Thank you Raysa! Hope you’re having a great week!

  14. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    Beautiful…and convicting:). I would have needed to do some major praying before I left flowers and a nice note in response. I hate how my first instincts are so selfish. This is a great reminder to be intentional about being kind and tapping into that Holy Spirit :).

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Angie! I totally get what you mean, because my first response was frustrated that they didn’t ask in a nicer way. But kindness and humility goes such a long way so I’m glad I changed my attitude around thanks to the Holy Spirit! 😉

  15. Avatar April 13, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Love this! I am such a believer in being kind. I used to let people’s rude and mean attitudes literally ruin my day. I couldn’t (and still can’t) stand how some people can be so rude for no reason at all. But I still tell myself how I HATE when people are rude to me for no reason, so It’s important for me to continue killing with kindness. I always tell any of my nice customers on Etsy how much appreciate their kindness, since I get the occasionally rude ones. lol!

    BlondieInTheCity.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:41 am

      Hayley, you are such a kind soul – I can tell through your thoughtful response.Kill with kindness this week! 😉

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    Len Dela Peña Parent
    April 13, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Molly, I’m obsessed with these photos! So happy and colorful. Love that smile on you girl. Keep it coming! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Happy Wednesday!
    much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:41 am

      Thank you Len! You always have such fun photos I can see why you like them 🙂 Love you girl!

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    Monika
    April 13, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    What a beautiful post! It is incredibly important to be kind to yourself and others. Being nice doesn’t cost a dime but has so much return in terms of how you make others feel and also how you feel. I mentioned this before but you exude so much kindness and warmth 🙂 Love the simplicity of the outfit. Hope you have a great rest of the week, Molly!

    Love,
    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thank you Monika! Appreciate your thoughts on kindness! You’re right – it doesn’t cost a dime!!!

  18. Avatar April 13, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    You look absolutely radiant, Molly! Lovelovelove everything about this post, that tee, and you.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thank you Erica! You are such a wonderful and supportive person!

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:43 am

      Thanks Ana – Flower runs are essential and a tote is the best choice to carry them in!

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    thefashionsalt
    April 14, 2016 / 9:46 am

    This is such a beautiful post! I love how you responded to your neighbors note. I wish everyone could have the same outlook as you. I have to put this in practice more myself. Love your outfit and loved reading this!
    ~Lili
    http://www.thefashionsalt.com

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:44 am

      Thank you Lili! It would be nice if everyone would have the same outlook but we can only change ourselves! That’s why I’m working on spreading more kindness wherever I can!

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    Shell Peterson
    April 14, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Cute tee! Love how you paired it with the pink pumps! LOVE your tips on how to stay positive and be kind to others even when you don’t necessarily want to! LOL (speaking for myself)

    • Molly Clifton April 21, 2016 / 12:44 am

      Thank you Shell – You are a sweet girl I’m sure you don’t have to try too hard to be kind. It flows right out of that beautiful heart of yours!

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