Hello and welcome to my blog! Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where I bring a post back from a year ago and reflect on it. Here is what I wrote on this day last year:
Random acts of kindness
Are you a kind person?
Do you engage in random acts of kindness?
I honestly don’t think I’m considered a kind person. I used to be a people pleaser, a helper, a nice person until I realized many people were using me because I was like this and so I went in the complete opposite direction.
I don’t kick animals and yell at strangers. I’m not unkind. But you know those people who are always smiling, always ready to lend a helping hand, always volunteering their time, money, and energy to worthy causes? I’m not one of those either. I aspire to be. I think the world needs more of those.
However, I do feel like I’m kind with my words (my written words anyway). As much as I can say mean things when I’m angry, I can be very motivating, understanding, and inspiring with my words. I have people in my life who are kind with their words to me. They’re very few, but I’m glad I have them in my life, and so I try to be that friend. In my words, I try to motivate and encourage because I do believe that words matter and that putting someone down for a mistake they made will only make them worse. I’ve experienced being put down and seeing other people put down and at times I may have put my son down but apologized for it later. Words are powerful and they have an impact. You have an impact!
That’s why I’m encouraging myself and you to engage in more acts of kindness. I don’t count my words to be an act of kindness. I count them as the way I’m supposed to be and talk. I’m talking about the extra acts of kindness (to other people that may be normal things they do but to me I have to put any effort or remember to do them). The reason is that I’ve been used so much, I’ve become a bit calculating. I don’t get people presents anymore unless they got me a present 1st. I should get people more presents. Anyway, in this economic crisis, my focus is on acts of kindness that don’t cost much.
There are so many ideas, from picking up litter to doing someone a favor without expecting a favor in return. I maybe do these things. I know my sister does them. I know for a fact my older sister is kinder than I am.
But I also know that being kind with your words is an act of kindness, one that doesn’t cost anything. No time, no money, just positive energy, and it makes you feel good. So send someone a meme, a gif, a text. Tell them they’re amazing and that you wish they have a great day. Send more good morning and good night texts.
We all have problems and things we struggle with. Check-in on each other. Wish each other well. Be kind to one another.
In this economic crisis and pandemic where staying at home is impacting everyone mentally and the uncertainty of the world is making everyone feel hopeless, encourage one another. We will make it to the other side stronger, one act of kindness at a time.
Did you do an act of kindness today?
This was a good reminder for me to do more acts of kindness. I don’t think I’m being kind enough. I’m working on it.