Let’s keep it really simple. It’s good to be kind. While you may not agree with everyone, or understand why people do things, or even want to spend time with someone, that doesn’t give you the right to treat them any differently. What’s most important is seeing the humanity in another person. Respect that everyone has a story and background that you couldn’t begin to understand. Just be kind.
Kindness is characterized by being friendly and considerate. It’s taking the other person’s emotions into consideration when choosing how you want to interact with them. You don’t need to overextend yourself and invest in everyone you meet, but if you make a habit of being kinder to the people you encounter, it does make a difference.
Even when people are mean to you, try to be the bigger person and treat them with respect. Remember that their malice has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. They’re doing it to provoke you so that they can feel validated, seen, or otherwise fill whatever need they have that motivated their behavior. You are in control of yourself and what you do, and again, just be kind.
You’ve probably heard of doing random acts of kindness before. What I think is incredible is that you can create good through your own decision to do so. In being kind, you create a disproportionate amount of positivity in the world for the he amount of time or energy you invested in sharing it. The world appreciates positivity, but it needs people to lead with kindness in order to multiply it. You can be that spark, just be kind.
I’d like you to reflect on this - When was the last time you didn’t respond with as much kindness as you should have?
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