How About a Resolution of Kindness?

kindnessHow About a Resolution of Kindness?

How are your resolutions working out? We are in the second month of the year and many people have already slipped back to their old ways. This is not an article to make anyone feel bad for not keeping the promises they made as 2015 was coming to an end. It is an article about making a new resolution.

Let’s make this a year of being a little kinder. We all need to be kinder to those around us, family, friends, and neighbors and kinder to our environment, kinder to the world. I know that most of you are very kind individuals. Most of the people I know are pretty kind human beings. They are kind to those who are close and they wouldn’t think for a minute to harm anyone.

What am I asking? I would like all of us to bring more kindness into the world in whatever way we can to make this a better place. There has been way too much energy wasted on bringing un-kindness into the world and it is creating much harm. We may not be aware or think that it really doesn’t matter to us because it is happening “over there.” Much of “it” is happening away from our immediate circle. But when we give all of this negativity our attention we bring it close to our here and now. We bring close to us whatever we give our attention to.

But if we don’t pay attention to what is going on in the world, aren’t we just burying our heads in the sand and not caring about our fellow man? You’re right, if we don’t know what’s going on we might miss some important events that could affect us. We should know what is going on but we can learn to know what’s going on without getting caught up in the emotion of it all.

Sometimes this is hard to do. Many of the things in the news recently have grabbed me and it has been difficult to bring myself up out of it. I am not a better person by letting it get the better of me. If I give in to this energy I get drained and I waste time that I could spend on making this a better place to be. Maybe some of this positive energy could reach out to those who are spewing the negativity into the atmosphere.

If we can look at these events and acknowledge that it is not a good thing that they are occurring around us and then bless them and move on with the purpose of bringing more kindness into the world we can make a difference. We can make a difference in our world, our circles, however large they are, because as we bring this energy to light we affect all we touch.

I mentioned in another article the effect of kindness given to another person. If you commit an act of kindness to another, that person’s endorphins increase and their immune system improves. Also, because you did this act of kindness, the same happens to you. Now, this is probably the best part. Anyone who observed this act of kindness has also been affected. Don’t you think it is a good idea to start spreading this kindness around and maybe, just maybe, some might rub off on some of these folks who don’t understand the importance of these acts?

They are out there. You may even know some of these people. It is sad that they go through life not realizing that they have the power within themselves to change the world. Pretty grand statement but it is true because if we change ourselves we change the world. The world does become a better palace to live in. Gandhi told us that, “We need to be the change that we want to see in the world.”

What kinds of changes do you want to see? Do you want to have a more peaceful, kinder world? Start with yourself and you will have begun a quiet revolution to change the world. Does this sound too good to be true? Does this sound impossible? “Who am I to try too do such a grand thing,” you say?

Who are you not to? Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” How much more power do you think you need if you have that? Every one of us has the power to change ourselves and that change will begin a shift that will make a difference in the world.

“But it isn’t realistic to be happy all the time.” You are right again. It is not realistic to be happy all of the time but it is realistic to always be mindful and step forward with kindness. Small steps will get you to your goal of bringing more kindness into the world. Wayne Dyer said, “I don’t need to be better than everyone else, I just need to be better that I was before.” Dr. Emile Couie’ gave us a great mantra in, “Everyday in every way I am better and better!”

Both the Dali Lama and Aldus Huxley said that we need to bring more kindness into the world. Nobody is saying that we need drop everything and become world leaders to bring about a change. All we need to do is make a change in our mindfulness in our own lives. It will bring about a better result in you life and those around you. I promise. It is always better when I do it and when I drop back, I remember that three steps forward and two steps back is still going forward so keep stepping forward as best you can. Remember you are never alone, there are many who are on the same path.

Make a new resolution and bring a little more kindness into the world. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Peace, Love and Coconuts,
Rev. Don
s/v Margaret Elizabeth

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