or call me thoughtful, or helpful.
I aspire to this every day, every moment.
Sometimes it is easy, sometimes not.
When my son was first born...
I wished for him that his life would be
seasoned with kindness.
And as he got older,
I expected that he would be helpful without judgement.
So each day, I try. If there is a door to be opened in some one's life, or a kind word that may be meaningful, or a "thanks" that may be unexpected....I try to offer my kindness. In small ways, without expectations, kindness can make a difference -- I know it has in my own living. But it isn't always easy -- I once worked at a Food Pantry, helping to organize & get food out to those that needed it that day -- another volunteer turned to me in line & with a smile shared these unexpected words regarding someone at the pantry that day, "you should see the car they drive -- they don't need this food". My heart just hurt in that moment -- makes me cry to this day. But I do understand, kindness is hard, helping without judgement is hard...because it is an act of selflessness. And I also can attest to the fact that I am no Mother Teresa -- I do have a German gene coursing through by blood that can get out and out feisty or defiant at the smallest indication of, shall we call it, yucky behavior. But in the end, I would like to be remembered as both -- strong & kind. An advocate & a helper. Someone who might call you out or reach out a hand.
So -- here is my list of what I know I can do:
- Help those in need....bird food in the winter filled daily, a dollar or two given to the bell ringer, a "here let me help..." offered without expectation. If you are a parent, model this for your children...cause in the end they do what we do, not just what we say.
- Offer kindness...sometimes it is a smile, a word at just that moment....those unnoticed, no thanks needed, times when we show that this is indeed our own "better angel".
Call me kind -- most of the time
(and that is far better than none of the time).