“Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu
Amazing things happen in our lives when we plant kindness. One little act of kindness can generate much kindness in the lives of all who surround us. This marvelous and wonderful BUT it gets better than just the circle in which we live. Imagine yourself with your friends and family daily practicing kindness. Now imagine what happens when they each go out into the World and share that seed of kindness you have sown. The harvest grows bigger! And as each person they have sown a seed of kindness soon kindness in a really big way is the harvest that has the power to save our World and re-create a new way of being.
“Tenderness and kindness
are not signs of weakness and despair,
but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
― Kahlil Gibran
We are daily given the choice in all our actions to be kind. With our kindness we can manifest more and more kindness throughout the world demonstrating our strength and resolution. One of the amazing things I have noticed in my life is that the more I make purposeful efforts to be kind and be tender, the better my life becomes. More importantly the people in my because of my increased efforts in kindness begin to be more kind and more aware of our innate humanity toward kindness.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute
before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank
Now is the time our world needs more kindness. It is so easy to be kind and so easy to spread that kindness around us. As a stone dropped into a pond ripples out covering the pond, so too kindness from one person reaches out to those around them and from those people to more and more circles covering our Earth. Imagine a world that is essentially kind. That’s where I want to live. I’m planting my seeds every day!
Deeds of kindness are equal in weight
to all the commandments. ~The Talmud
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
When Rickie Harmon started Kind Women on Facebook with the intention of changing the world through women being kind, I decided to join forces with her. There are now over 1500 women who are part of the Kind Women community on Facebook and that is marvelous. However it is not the best thing about kindness in my life.
What happened for me when I joined Rickie in this
Kindness adventure was totally unexpected.
I considered myself to be a spiritually aware human being. I’ve always thought I was a kind person. I was shocked to learn that although I’ve been working on my spiritual self for a long time, I was not as kind as I thought. I was “liking” posts on Facebook and Twitter that were mean—making fun of others, lambasting this or that politician, pointing fingers at those who think differently than myself.
I began to realize that I had to make an effort.
In order to support Kind Women I had to practice kindness!
What happened to me as I began to change how I interacted on social media was that I became a kinder person in my actual practice of daily living. Now I don’t want to suggest that I became a Goddess of Kindness!! No. My feet are still very much made of clay. BUT if you’ll allow the metaphor just a bit more: I found that my feet began to walk a different path and in that journey my soul is becoming more at peace and my life is getting a little easier. Now, not only my feet, but my soul are on a journey to be one with kindness. This means it is not just talk about kindness but being kind.
Talking doesn’t change anything!
It is in the doing where we can change everything.
This is not to imply I’m always perfect. However, I am daily trying to be kinder in all my interactions and with myself too. It takes effort to become kinder. It takes effort to not gossip. It takes effort to not judge others. It takes effort to not point fingers. It takes effort to not ridicule. Yet, when I practice kindness first, I feel better about life and about myself and the world around me.
Who knew that practicing kindness in social media
Would be a key factor in my spiritual growth?
I would love to hear your stories about how working to be kind brings the Power of Kindness into your life in unexpected ways. It has been the start of an incredible journey for me!
I love it when women love themselves. I love it when women are learning to love themselves. I love it when women inspire other women to love themselves.
Love yourself first, always.. and you will love the world as a result.
“If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all.”
~ Yogi Bhajan