22 Sep The importance of being kind
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” Mother Theresa
My first Children’s book “Mermaid Indi” has a key message that I’m trying to convey and that is the importance of being kind and compassionate. Unfortunately, the world that we live in today, there are people that focus on the differences between us and with that comes judgement and can quickly turn into anti-social behaviour such as bullying. It’s extremely important to get the kindness message across from an early age. Children see parents and caregivers as role models and it is crucial for kids to see our kind behaviour to ourselves and others. I’m not saying that we have to be “perfect” parents, but I do think that by being more collectively conscious of the effects of our own judgemental behaviours we will start to see a shift in the prevalence of bullying.
Kindness reminds us that we are more the same than different. When we focus on kindness and do things for others that are driven by genuine care, compassion and love, we focus on things that unite us. We are all human: energy, flesh and blood, living beings who mourn when we lose someone we love, bleed when we hurt. We all love and we all seek joy in our life. By being kind, we ensure our shared humanity is the focus.
How can we live a kinder life?
- Really Listen: Turn down your inner dialogue and be genuinely interested in what others have to say
- Share a book that changed your life: Help others see a new perspective
- Share a meal: Share in the deliciousness of a meal
- Show up: It means a lot to others to have your company and support
- Assume positive intent: Give people the benefit of the doubt
- Eat and buy local: Support the local community and lighten your environmental impact
- Share your latest finds: Give others the opportunity to experience more awesomeness in life
- Be inclusive: Reach out and don’t leave people feeling left out
- Be openly appreciative: Tell your nearest and dearest how much you love them
- Give up judging others and yourself: Give people the freedom to be themselves. Focus on your own actions and attitude – these are things within your control. How can you be a better person? How can you make the world a better place?
And as Mermaid Indi says “try to make the day brighter with everything that you do”