Something that I talk and write about often is kindness. Be kind to yourself and others. (Y’all can check out my previous posts by clicking the links here and here.) The reason why I bring this up often is because there truly isn’t enough kindness or love in this world. Not only is kindness lacking… when kindness is offered, it is often rejected or accepted with a large amount of skepticism.
Growing up, my parents set a wonderful example of how to be kind and good to others. I was taught to always give when I can, be thoughtful, and truly treat others the way I would like to be treated. However, as the older I get, the less and less my kindness is willing to be received. More often than not, people constantly question my intentions. I’ve given my long sought after wool coat to a homeless man battling the elements. I always buy thoughtful gifts just because, I always invite people to shows and concerts with the ticket paid for, and I don’t mind being someone’s driver if it means I get to spend time with them. To me, “going out of my way” is first nature. I just want to see a smile on that person’s face, create and share a few memories, and I can only hope that I made a difference for a few moments in someone’s life. Those little things bring me an immense amount of joy.
Although many of us have been screwed over by the ill intentions of others. Do not discount those who are truly trying to be kind. Is there that risk of being hurt? Of course. However, you will never know the true intentions of the person until you are open to accepting the love and kindness stemming from their hearts. The world seems like a jaded place because many people are unable to open the door to something truly good.
Today, be open and receptive of all the good things that come your way. Let love and kindness in.