“Even if we disagree about everything, we can still be kind to each other.” ~Matthew L. Jacobson
We are so quick to dehumanize those we disagree with and treat them with unkindness, but it is possible to be kind to even those who disagree with us. Kindness makes the world a better place for all of us.
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“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.
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“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” ~Amelia Earhart
You never know how far and wide a single act of kindness may reach through time and space to brighten the world. Choosing kindness is a gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.
Where can you choose kindness today?
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“Through all the years of my practice from psychotherapy, from psychedelics, from meditation and yoga, I have never gotten rid of a single neurosis. They are still there. But they have gone from being huge scary monsters to delightful little schmoos. I see one coming along and I say, ‘Oh there you are again. I remember you. Tricky little thing, aren’t you?'” ~Ram Dass
My experience has been very much like what Ram Dass describes. No matter how much work I do, none of my neuroses have ever disappeared. I’ve learned to recognize them better and to befriend them so I can better moderate their impact, but they are still there. I no longer see that as failure. Rather, I celebrate it as successful monster taming every time one transforms into a “delightful little schmoo.”
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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ~Maya Angelou
Whose day can you brighten today? Small acts of kindness can go a long way! And you just might be surprised at how much those acts of kindness brighten your own day as well.
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