Another thing about Kindness is making changes to your life that push away the negativity that prevents Kindness from taking hold. I seem to enjoy pointing out the media, but they feed the negativity monster each and every day.
In the past, I was so consumed by the news that I lost track of my humanity. I thought I knew all the answers, but that most people were too dense to see the truth. I spent my time reinforcing my beliefs rather than letting Kindness into my life. I wanted to be one of those clever people from Twitter who get quoted on TV, obviously that never happened.
I became surly and short-tempered. My instinct was to attack and criticize anyone who dared disagree with me. I ridiculed others. Where was the Kindness in that?
Being Kind means not being a part of the problem. Kindness is it’s own path for each of us. The choice is necessary, but never easy. I see why going with the crowd is so seductive. The hive mind soothes our fears and provides a false sense of calm. However, that same hive mind also comes with a very limited set of coping mechanisms and responses. Lashing out at the unfamiliar and different just occur naturally to the hive mind.
Don’t be part of the problem. Be Kind.
5 things I’m grateful for today:
- Hal The Cat. Although he is still sick, I’m grateful that he still shows nothing but live and affection.
- My own experience with opening up to Kindness.
- The start of a new day.
- Music to occupy my troubled mind.
- Everyone I interact with.