Over the past few days, I’ve been asking myself and the people around me if they could describe me as someone “kind”. Lately kindness has been one of the things I’ve been personally struggling with. Not because I don’t want to be kind but because being rude is much easier. It doesn’t take any effort. I don’t see kindness as a weakness or insecurity. Contrary to that I believe it shows great discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind in adversity, when dealing with rude people is not always easy, I know I work in customer service. Kindness is a sign of strength. Genuinely kind People are hard to find these days. This generation has people driven by ego, money, status and entitlement. As a result, good souls are ruined daily. I try to stay cautious about my surroundings, the energy I put out in the world and the energy I connect with.
This world can be a nasty place, you know it, I know it, everyone knows it; so being kind nowadays is rare. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about. They are being brave in their own circumstances so be kind. Every time we choose to be kind, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. How we make others feel about themselves says a lot about us and our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver. Being kind is being brave, being brave is being vulnerable and being vulnerable is the only way to allow our hearts to feel true pleasure. When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kindness. You will never regret being kind.
I know I will not always be the smartest person in the room and will not always be the strongest, the funniest, the prettiest or the most talented. But I can always be brave, and can always be kind, and these are the things I should be every minute of every day for the rest of my life. Because yeah… those other things they are great, but these things are better. I am nowhere near to be perfect and I make mistakes too, I am only human. From now on if I want kindness, I’ll be kind. If I want friends, I’ll be friendly. If I want help, I’ll be helpful. If I want love, I’ll make sure to love myself. If I want respect, I’ll respect myself. I will get more of the things that matter in life by giving them first, than I ever will, by trying desperately to get them or asking for them. I will go ahead and carry out random acts of kindness, with no expectation or reward. Safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for me. I’m uninterested in doing things for people because of who they are or what they can do in return for me, kindness doesn’t have ulterior motives. Being kind, isn’t always easy or convenient but it has the potential to change everything.
There’s no need for me to bring other people down to feel good about myself because I’m self-aware of my worth. I’m kind, I’m smart, I’m important and I feel confident in my own skin. I don’t need being mean or rude; that is for small-minded people with short temper. I rise above and choose to be the bigger person in a world that is missing a little kindness. I open up to the possibilities and stop being so quick to judge. My heart is open to the endless opportunities that the universe presents to me. I’m curious in my emotions; I’m curious in my sadness, and in my joy. I’m ever-seeking, ever-feeling. I’m in awe of the beautiful moments that life gives us, and I’m in awe of the difficult ones. I’m still learning, but I keep on evolving and growing during this journey.