If you follow the Kindness Blog’s Facebook page, you may have seen a recent post that read:
Hello to all! Due to the need to tend some personal issues, you may notice that the Kindness Blog is not up and running at full speed at this time. Fear not, we will be back sharing more good news and spreading kindness on a regular basis as soon as possible. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience, understanding, and support, and we hope you will continue to do some good in the world. ~Mike and Kristi
April definitely has brought more than May flowers to us, and to be honest, our respective challenges have left me feeling an absence of light and kindness. Last night, as I spent a quiet evening at home recovering from another germ warfare assault on my body and a bout of anxiety that shook me to my core, I reflected on the past month. As I did so, I realized how easy it is to see the best in others and situations and to be kind and loving to others and yourself when everything is going well. Truth be told, though, love, light, and kindness are needed the most when the world and people around you appear to be unkind and dark, and it is up to you (and by you, I mean myself included) to find and offer the goodness.
So, as I emerged from the physical and emotional hole I found myself in, I began to look for the lessons to be learned from the darkness and to find my way back to the light. Here is what I found:
- Hurt people hurt people. When someone is hurt, sometimes, they lash out like a wounded animal, usually hurting either those who love them the most or random strangers. Their actions speak volumes about who they are and say nothing about who you are. Wish them well, and let them go.
- Kindness begins at home. If you cannot go out into the world to shine your light, start with yourself. Positive affirmations, meditation, proper nutrition and hydration, and anything else that feeds your body, mind, and spirit in a positive way are all ways to shower yourself with kindness. When you feel good, you do good.
- If you cannot help yourself, help someone else. It is amazing how much easier it can be to be kinder to others than it is to ourselves. Sometimes, helping another person does more for you than it does for the recipient. Giving feels good.
- This, too, shall pass. There are times when the darkness seems all-encompassing, and in those times, be gentle with yourself, as the light will return. It is has an uncanny way of appearing when you need it the most.
As the rain falls outside of my window, I take heart in knowing that the sun will shine in due time. It always does, and until it does, we will weather the storm.
Just one thing each day . . .