Hello, my lovely people!
I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!
So, those New Year’s Resolutions…
I know that a lot of us are putting quite a bit of thought and effort into our New Year’s Resolutions right about now. I both love and hate New Year’s Resolutions, if we’re being honest. I think that the idea of constant self-improvement is awesome, but I also don’t like the idea that you need to change simply because of a change in the calendar year.
Regardless of these mixed feelings, I’ve made some resolutions. I just got out of a hard patch of time in my life, and regardless of the time of year, I am ready for some positive, healthy change. I hope you are too.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we are taught to treat others.
I think that we aren’t reminded enough of how incredibly important it is to be kind to others. Practicing kindness is something that we should all strive to do every day. In most cases, being kind is not difficult.
Kindness is something that we should all want to both exude and receive.
I’m not sure if I can find a way to explain that being kind is just simply something we should all enthusiastically do. Wouldn’t you love to live in a world where everybody loved being kind to one another?
Being unkind often takes a lot more effort, and it does a lot of harm in the world. We truly never know what another person is going through in their life and mind. We all have an internal universe of thoughts that no one can get into unless we let them. You never know what’s inside that part of the majority of people. A lot of times, we are completely blind to the battles that people are fighting inside.
People are really unkind a lot of the time.
I’ve definitely encountered a record amount of unkindness this past year, if we are being honest. Both in my personal life, and in the world, I think 2018 was a year full of a lot of people being mean and hurtful towards others. Whether it be blatant or back-handed, the belittling and patronizing were unacceptable. It upsets me to think that the world is like this and that people are unkind to others this often and easily.
In the world this past year, I noticed a huge lack of empathy toward people who have been wronged.
As the amazing Janelle Monáe said at the 2018 Grammy Awards: Time’s Up. It is time we speak kindness, empathy, and positive change into action. It is time we seek justice for those who deserve it. It is time we make this world a better place to exist and thrive in. It is time we stop unkindness, hate, and oppression in their tracks. It’s past time, but what we have is now.
You may be thinking, “That’s a lot. What can I do?”
The answer is “more than you think.” It’s a life philosophy of mine that if many people do their “little bit of work,” it will add up into something more substantial and impactful.
We should spend less time teaching people how to deal with hurtful comments and more time instilling in people that they shouldn’t make hurtful comments.
This is the conclusion that I’ve come to. We wouldn’t have to deal with people being hurt if other people weren’t doing the hurting. I think that is a pretty simple concept to comprehend. A big part of creating a kinder world is combatting hate in addition to fostering more kindness.
So, here are your kindness-related New Year’s Resolutions:
- Be kind to others.
- Encourage others to be kind.
- Discourage unkindness proactively.
There you have it, y’all. I hope you take these words to heart and choose to spend some time this year doing your part in making the world a kinder (and less unkind) place.
With so much love,