Many of us are on auto-pilot during our daily round and we can become impatient and judgmental of our environment, especially when it serves as a distraction or causes us to have to stop and go slower than we`d like. Some days, it can be easy to assume that people are stupid and trying to make us late for work... but the reality is, that no matter what`s going on in our day, with a conscious shift in our awareness, we can see things differently. Enter Kindness...
In the dictionary, kindness is defined as helpful, humane, gentle and loving and the best part about this simple human right, is that kindness levels the playing field of humanity by giving each and every living soul on this planet an unlimited supply of this universal currency.
Like faith... kindness is free, and no matter how dim our circumstances may seem, every one of us has something to give...there is no bankruptcy where the soul is concerned. What we sometimes forget is that small gestures of human connection serve as the glue in our humanity, connecting us and empowering us to feel our own innate value through the act of giving. Something like making eye contact with a stranger and sharing a smile can not only lift our own mood, but this one slender act, might even be the best thing that happens to that person all day.
Now that`s inspiring!
I recently read an incredible book called How to Get Absolutely Anything You Want by Margie Aliprandi and she is an advocate for honoring others by assuming that they are doing their best at any given moment. We`d all do well to remember that.
One of her chapters is entitled Connect With the Heart and it contains a wonderful manifesto for compassion that I`d love to share with you:
Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night
might be a single Mom who worked nine hours that day and was
rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do laundry
and spend a few precious minutes with her children before bed.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young
man who can`t seem to make change correctly, might be a worried 19
year old college student balancing his apprehension over his final exams with a fear of not getting his student loan for the next semester.
Let us remember that the scary looking bum begging for money at the
same spot everyday, who really ought to get a job, might just be a slave to addictions or tragedies that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that this old couple who are walking annoying slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress, just might be savoring this moment...knowing that based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this may be their last shared shopping together.
Please God, remind us each day, that of all the gift you give us, the greatest is love. That it is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear, or open our hearts just to those who are close to us, but to all of humanity.
Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive...let us show patience, empathy and love. When all is said and done, the sum total of our lives and the only thing that matters is how much we have loved and how much we are loved in return.
Amen to that. So just for today, bask in the richness that awaits as you look for opportunities to share kindness. Be not thrifty with your soul`s net worth.
The currency of kindness knows no prejudice (That`s a TWEETABLE) and there is plenty for everyone.
With Love and Light,