“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Today is #RandomActsOfKindnessDay and it got me thinking about kindness.
I believe that lack of kindness is the root cause of most of our problems. We have a difficult time seeing past our own thoughts, expecting others to think-act-feel-see things the way we do. Not purposely, of course, we’re just wired to be a bit selfish.
We focus on ourselves out of need. How does this impact me? How do I relate to this situation? What’s in it for me? Me/My/Mine. Living in a world of “I want this”… we focus on ourselves, by ourselves, with ourselves… to take care of ourselves. But sometimes something gets lost in translation along the way.
Kindness is caring about others and doing things to help make their lives better. It allows us to connect with other people and build meaningful relationships.
When someone does us a kindness, we feel connected and more willing to cooperate with them. When we do something nice for someone, we cultivate trust, and we feel good about ourselves for being a kind person.
But WHY should we be kind?
In the world at large, we have seen so much pain and heartbreak. So many lives needlessly ended. So much heartbreak and loss. It’s a normal reaction to want to protect yourself from all of that horror and isolate into your own safe space. The problem is that when everyone does that, we lose truly important connections with our community and even ourselves.
By being kinder to others you tend to be kinder towards yourself.
You get what you give.
It makes the world a better place.
Kindness is a sign of strength.
Anger is toxic.
It feels good.
It’s the right thing to do.