Kindness Journey – Day 109 – Knowing when to say nothing at all

Very often, silence is the best option. I used to think that every situation required not only my attention, but my opinion. I felt like the world would be such a better place if only everyone would just listen to me.

I began to realize I was wrong when my health failed 2 years ago. I found out that I didn’t have all the answers after all. It felt like I was screaming into the void. I was so isolated and afraid of what might happen to me. I started searching for meaning that wasn’t all about me. I’m not a spiritual person, and I’m definitely not religious. I’ve witnessed the immense harm that religion can cause without people realizing it.

Eventually, I started focusing on people and stories about simple Kindness. There was no organized group, just people who shared their own personal stories or told about those of other people. Kindness didn’t ask for donations, or demand that I follow rules that made no sense.

Kindness doesn’t tell me I failed, it gives me the knowledge to recognize that for myself without condemnation from a group. And Kindness is not a proselytizing experience that demands I try to bring people to my point of view. Silence is an ally of Kindness because as I have learned on my journey, I cannot reconcile Kindness with how I used to be, but at the same time I know that this journey will last the rest of my life unless I choose to stop.

Everyone has an equal opportunity to find Kindness. There is no discrimination, but that doesn’t mean that I have to blindly accept anything either. I still oppose injustice and oppression. I still care about others, but I won’t allow Kindness to be a means for me to be exploited either.

I still find myself struggling to know when to not speak. I know it is more often than I used to think. When I feel strongly about something, I try my best to make sure my words are Kind and helpful, not just more noise added to the chaos.

Being Silent equals being Kind to myself.

As much as I dislike republicans, Biden just lacks a “WOW” factor to me. Uninspiring no matter what he says. Biden condemns ‘sickening’ attacks on FBI following Mar-a-Lago search and slams GOP over January 6 – CNNPolitics

President Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered a forceful speech in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania that demonstrated his escalated rhetoric against “MAGA Republicans” in Congress months before the midterm elections.
— Read on www.cnn.com/2022/08/30/politics/biden-police-pennsylvania/index.html

Orange will look good on her, her husband, and all those spoiled kids. An ‘annoyed’ Melania Trump stays mum on Mar-a-Lago search as she promotes NFT business – CNNPolitics

Shortly after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this month, former President Donald Trump fumed on social media about agents rummaging through his wife’s clothing and personal items.
— Read on www.cnn.com/2022/08/30/politics/melania-trump-mar-a-lago-search/index.html

Kindness Journey – Day 108 – Appreciation

Hal The Cat has had a rough year. He was diagnosed with cancer after we found a lump on his neck earlier this year. We took him to the vet before we moved and they diagnosed him with Mast Cell Disease, a type of cancer.

The poor guy has lost weight and has small to mediocre size bumps along his back. We tried chemotherapy, but that simply made him dicky, so we took him to a holistic vet, and she prescribed a mix of herbs based on ancient Chinese medicine. Hal The Cat has responded well to the treatment. He still has his bad days, but they aren’t as often.

We know that our time with Hal The Cat is growing short, but we don’t know an exact timeframe. We pay extra attention to him every day to let him know how much he means to us. We are taking the time to appreciate Hal The Cat, and we want to keep appreciating him for many more years.