Last week I posted to my Twitter account, “What if we treated everyone with the same kindness we wish to be shown?”
What if we treated everyone with the same kindness we wish to be shown? #ThursdayThoughts
— Molly Clifton (@stylemissmolly) April 7, 2016
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?
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.
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.
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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