The pledge: Day 8 – KINDNESS

KINDNESS

I consider myself a good person. My intentions are always to put my best foot forward and treat others how I would like to be treated.

And then life happens…

  • Someone cuts in front of me in line or on the road,
  • a telephone operator is not trained to assist me,
  • my husband says “in a minute”,
  • or I run into a mean girl.

Sometimes when life is happening, I forget to be kind. I get frustrated, mad, impatient and terse. It’s not a good look to lose site of your kindness. Ever witness someone in a store yelling at the clerk or complaining loudly so everyone could hear them? It’s a little ugly. And I’m guilty on occasion of hiding my kindness away under my frustration.

My kindness pledge is to speak softly and listen more.

One of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Seek first to understand then to be understood”.  I believe that is the foundation of kindness and it helps me keep my daily intention in perspective.  It’s easy to forget there is a human being on the other side of our action/reaction.  Tapping into the idea of empathy is at the core of kindness.

I know I am working in small ways to be kinder each day.  I support you in your efforts and look forward to hearing about the amazing ways you are rocking kindness in your life.

Some good ways to get a leg up on kindness…

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION BADGE

Kindness

How will you spread  kindness today?

 

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