This little light of mine...
Though I am not the greatest at it, I still make an effort to live in a state of thinking twice and acting once and to think outside myself for the betterment of others. Living out the golden rule, 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you', is much easier said than done, but its what we all want right? It's what I want...
On the surface, people carry themselves in response to so many factors (stress, bad allergies, getting engaged, etc.). What may seem insignificant to some can immediately change your mood and response to the immediate world in a negative way.
I'm not in love with the phrase, 'random acts of kindness'. If you choose to be kind, it's not the act that is random, it's the recipient. But anyway, think about a time when you received a note, anonymous or not, that was simply to thank you for something you did or to tell you how wonderful of a person you are.
How about a time when you did something for someone ELSE? Left a note, spent time with someone, or simply held a door. 9 times out of 10, you feel good from doing good!
So heres my question...
WHY DON'T WE DO GOOD THINGS ALL THE TIME IF IT FEELS GOOD??
It really just comes down to YOU...
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.”
― Jim Stovall
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― Willian Shakespeare
“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”
― Charles de Lint
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
Now these quotes are wonderful; the last one is particularly rich. But these words are absolutely pointless if we do nothing but read them to feel warm and fuzzy inside about the idea of love in kindness but we never take initiative!
GET OFF YOUR BUTT MAN!
I am speaking to my all-too-often pessimistic self first. I catch myself way too often thinking and speaking negatively of people when all along I expect everyone else to treat me kindly and with respect. There are some specific people that have very obvious traits that I would like to grow in myself; traits that make me, on the other side, feel respected, invested in, and that whatever time they give me is worth every second. One of these people is Chris Bernstorf; he is a poet and tours the country doing spoken word. Check him out:
Chris Bernstorf - "Light"
People matter. Their opinions matter (right or wrong). Their feelings matter. Their time matters. JUST AS MUCH AS YOURS DOES. BE the change you want to see. OWN your complaints and DO something about them. People WILL follow your lead if you do it with confidence and a good heart, I guarantee it.
Will you stand with me and make an effort to be kind when we don't want to, give grace when it's not deserved, spend time when we don't think we have it, and to take an extra second to think twice before we react negatively?
If you're up for the challenge, stay tuned...