“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” Albert Schweitzer
No kind action stops with itself. It is paid forward and the world is currently in rough shape. Oh, there has always been despots, tyrants, religious wars, persecutions, but if you’re like me, perhaps you think it’s a little over the top at the moment. Unfortunately, the news only presents the sensational, and if they have video, all the better.
So the world needs your help. Yes–I’m calling on you. Make it your mission to sprinkle your path with kindness today and pay it forward when the opportunity presents itself, and if by noon the opportunity hasn’t presented itself, then create the opportunity. You don’t have to do anything earth-shattering. Taking a meal to an elderly person, helping a student with a project, adopting a family for Christmas who is currently down on their luck, donating to your food pantry, helping out in a soup kitchen. The opportunities are endless. Maybe you know a child who is in need of a warm coat and socks. Currently, many stores have deals. Put some money in the kettle. Just do it. If everyone practiced random acts of kindness, the world would be in better shape.
Eliminate the dogma. Let go of all perceived transgressions, and sprinkle your path with kindness. I promise–you’ll feel wonderful at the end of the day.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
Admit it: you’re holding onto anger against someone. It’s part of the human path. We harbor anger at our parents, siblings, bosses, friends, etc. It’s that little ugly part of being human. But when we hold on to anger we are the one who gets burned. The person we perceive who angered us never even thought they did, or they didn’t care, or they intended to cause us harm, and they feel no remorse. This holiday season give yourself the gift of letting your anger go. Place it in a balloon, tie a string so it doesn’t leak out, and let it go, out of your consciousness and away. You can forgive, but you don’t have to forget.
Holidays can be stressful, especially if you have family members who still hold grudges over something they think you did forty years ago. I’ve learned to say, “You’re right.” And let it go. I’ve always thought that the holidays bring out the angry children in many of us. We remember our childhoods and the things we thought that didn’t go our way. LET IT GO. You don’t need it any longer. You’ve got more important things to do than argue with your sister over who did what. And if you still have parents, remember they did the best they could at the time. Sometimes they are our best teachers on what not to do. I know. I’ve worked very hard to break the cycle in my birth family.
And get out there and have a fabulous day.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa
I know it’s Monday, one of the most dreaded days of the week. As we slough off the weekend’s laziness and excessiveness, (if you participated in the Santa Crawl like two of our adult children did) why not seize the day and make it the best it can be. One of the ways I’ve found to deal with Mondays is to make sure I’m prepared. I do the necessary chores and errands over the weekend so when Monday crawls out of the covers I am ready. Living in the present moment is one of the steps of The Way. Check it out if you’ve never read it. These are seven simple steps to eliminate stress and live your life to the fullest told through a narrative of three women’s lives.
I realize it’s only ten days before Christmas and if you’re one of those people who put off the shopping, why not make a stab at it today so when the day arrives you are not exhausted. Keep your soul fully in this beautiful day. Don’t think about the past. It’s over, done, buried. Don’t stress about tomorrow. Learn to stay in the moment and enjoy this glorious thing that is your life. Carpe-diem.