Am I Being Kind? This is the title of a wonderful little book by Michael J. Chase about kindness. One of my core values is to treat others with kindness and respect. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet I sometimes find myself not necessarily being unkind, but not making an effort to be kind. So yesterday, on day two of my challenge, I started thinking about ways I could be more kind. Simple little things, like greeting others with a big smile and taking a few moments to really look the cashier in the eye at the grocery store. Admit it, you may do this as well, you’re busy on your phone or trying to control your kids that you don’t even really acknowledge the person behind the cash. I know I’ve been guilty myself.
Gratitude tip: it’s easier to be kind when you are grateful for all of the people who cross your path during the day, whether in person, on the phone, via email or on social media.
For example, I was invited to a special event by a good friend via a group email. I thought about how much it means to me when someone replies – even if it’s a no – and so I decided to send a kind response even though I had to decline attending. My friend was grateful for the reply. It only took a few moments of my day to chose to respond. Lesson one: Being kind doesn’t take much time.
Another simple way to be kind involved hard-boiling some eggs. My husband comes home for lunch and I realized in the morning that there was only one hard-boiled egg in the fridge. Took only a few extra minutes to prepare a few more and guess what? He surprised me in return by making our lunch salads! Lesson two: Kindness begets kindness.
What are some of the ways you have shown kindness to the people in your life, strangers and family alike?