{Hers} Happy Monday + be kind

{Work Hard Be Kind print by Ellogovna via Etsy}

Last week I had one blog post.  Just one.  I know terrible.  But you still came and visited me and for that I am thankful.  Thanks to Emily being so sweet and tweeting my blog post about our experience on Secrets From A Stylist  and later me participating in the Pineterest Challenge we’ve been blessed to have more visitors!  Having actual readers has been so lovely and many of your comments have been so kind which warms my heart and brings me todays topic – kindness.

My heart sometimes aches as at times I worry about the world my daughter is growing up in.  I worry that simple acts of kindness may no longer be appreciated and being nice will be something we talk about during a “those were the days” conversation.  I am a believer in small acts of kindness.  Not only do they bring  joy to my heart but I’d like to believe that they bring joy to the heart of the recipient.  Not to mention if we want to keep this kindness thing going we all have to do our part.

 The other week while hunting for frames for the Pinterest challenge I stopped at a local antique store.  The owner was an older woman who had been there for years.  When I went in I complimented her on her chandelier.  It was lovely and it happened to be the exact same one Emily used to decorate our living room.  She began talking to me about what she was going through with the insurance companies.  Then she talked about the evolution of the neighborhood and asked me a little bit about myself. Why? I’m not sure.  But I had time and so I listened and she talked and talked and then I talked, a little.  I thought about how so many  of us simply just want to be heard.  We just want someone to listen and I thought to myself that I hope one day someone will be  there to listen to me. 

There are so many small things that we can do to show kindness – ever been in line at the grocery store with 2 items and the person in front of you has a cart full and heard these words “you can go ahead of me?”, what about being in line at the restroom and behind you is a toddler holding their mommy’s hand while doing the potty dance? or holding the door open for someone (ever ended up holding it open for 10 people :))? I’ll be honest, with regards to the door holding, I cringe a little when I do so and the person doesn’t say thank you or when someone lets the door fling back at me because they let it go but here’s the thing not all acts of kindness will be appreciated but I do believe that you get back what you give and I also believe that we have a chance to teach our children kindness by showing them what it looks like.

So today I encourage you to be kind.  Try walking around with a smile on your face. While some people  may  look at you oddly and others will continue to frown see how may people smile back.  Sometimes a smile can make all the difference in another persons day, even your day.

So here are a few things I’d like to encourage each of us to do today –

  • Smile!
  • Say something nice to someone (let’s think beyond “those are cute shoes”). How about a character compliment?
  • Open the door for someone.
  • Return your shopping cart when you leave the grocery store.  Yes I get it.  You are in a hurry.  BUT ever had your car fall victim to a run away cart and don’t you appreciate it when someone tries to help make your job a little easier?
  • Say “thank you”  this seems so obvious and yet we often forget to say these profound words.  I think most of us want to feel appreciated and showing gratitude is a great start.
  • Help someone just because.  It’s not always about getting something back.  How about helping someone just for the sake of being nice?
  • Listen to the stories of those that came before you and paved the way for you to be where you are today.  My Grammy is long-winded but she is also full of so many great stories, stories that would be lost had no one took the time to listen.
  • Going out to lunch today? If you’ve received excellent service why not leave a nice tip (if you can afford to) and/or  tell the persons manager you were pleased with their service?
  • Be considerate not only of your needs but the needs of those around you.  This one especially hits close to home for me.  I am often guilty of washing clothes and taking my sweet time to fold them and for my Mr.  that’s one of those things that gets to him (the way crumbs on the counter get to me).  Not only does taking the time to fold the laundry ensure that I will know where everything is but it will also ensure that my husband isn’t frowning every time he walks past the laundry basket.
  • Ask someone how they are doing.  But really ask. Then listen.  I sometimes feel like we are like robots “how are you?” “Good.” “How are you?” “Good.”, all of this said in passing, oftentimes with no eye contact. 
  • And just in case you missed it – smile! While sadly there are some people who are immune to these for the most part they are contagious.

So today {and everyday} let’s all make a little more effort to be kind!

And for good measure a few quotes on kindness…

“I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on earth matter, your behavior matters and how you treat other people matters.”  -Matt Damon

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”  -Melody Beattie, Author
 
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
 
 
 May Monday be kind to you and may you be kind to others. xo.
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Comments

  1. What a beautiful post. We don’t have any kids yet but I know kindness will be at the forefront of what we MUST pass down to our little one. I always say, “It takes far more energy to be mean than it does to be kind.” I honestly believe that we were programmed to be good to one another. Now, over time some humans have picked up some very bad habits and it has spread but I would like to stay true to my inherit nature and be as I was made to be — kind. Thank you for this lovely post!

  2. Thank you so much for your comment Priscilla. It’s nice when you come into contact with people who seem so genuine and kind! I agree with you and admire your commitment to stay true to who you are and be the way we were intended to be. I also think it’s wonderful that this is something that you will pass down to your family when the time comes. I do suffer from the occasional grumpiness but being grumpy does require so much more work not to mention it’s far less rewarding than kindness. Thanks again for sharing!

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