Kindness Fridays

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The other day, I discovered something about myself and about the way of kindness.

It’s really easy to be kind when life is going grand.

Clarification. The kindness gene resides within me, just as it does in you if you feed it and let it flourish. I feel absolutely honest saying that my pattern of thinking reflects the best of kindness one can imagine. At the very least, my intentions are pure.

With that said, however, when I’m feeling less than 100% – say, 25% – I have to work hard at not letting others be on the receiving end of that less than whole person that I’ve become. I’ve had a lousy night of sleep while also fighting seriously inflamed sinuses? Ugh, I must rein in my struggles and not take it out on the receptionist at the doctor’s office, or the supermarket employee. I sincerely don’t want to be responsible for ruining someone else’s perfect, gloriously, healthy, well-slept day. (Gawd, I’m envious of those who have been given the gift of sleep.)

All it takes is one look, one word – or the omission of a word – to spew miserableness onto someone else.

Kindness is a way of life for me but sometimes it threatens to take a break from the norm and that’s when it’s needed the most in the world. You see, I’m not the only person who has less than stellar days. I’d be self-centered to think I’m the only person the world takes a dump on now and again. Everyone in this world is vulnerable – everyone – and far too many are on the brink of giving up. We are all in this together, in good times and in bad.

I vow to not contribute to the latter.


4 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    laura bruno lilly said:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Here, I’m sharing my day’s supply of ‘kindness vibes’ with you as today is a “100%” day for me and there’s loads extra to go around!
    Wishes for a great night’s sleep for you, too!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      January 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Aww, thanks, Laura! Feeling it all the way here in Redmond, WA.

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Here’s to being a kindness contributor, no matter our mood!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      January 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

      So true, Jill, and I’ve found that if we respond contrary to the nasty that exists within us at the time, our moods are boosted as well.

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