For the last few weeks, I have been looking back at some of my favorite photos that I took last year, and sharing some of the life lessons I have learned along the way.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
There are times where kindness is something that is in short supply. It seems like this last holiday season stress seemed to be the theme. From experiencing road rage while driving to having employees yell at restaurants, I have seen first-hand how we as a society are struggling to keep our emotions in check. I believe the first way we do this is make an effort to be kind to one another. If we look for opportunities to be kind that will change our disposition to kindness. If we do things that bring peace, we will experience peace. Here are a few ways I try to be kind that might help you.
🕺 Take time once week, once a month, or once a quarter to volunteer and help out in your community. There are plenty of places that need extra hands to help.
🎁 If you hear about someone who is struggling, send them a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something to show you are thinking about them.
📱 If you are like me, and sometimes money is tight, a text will go a long way.
💲 Be a giver. Don’t just spend your resources on yourself, give. It doesn’t have to be a lot. There are plenty of organizations that need extra financial support.
I took these photos last fall while I was riding my bike at Freedom Park. It is a beautiful park in Charlotte, N.C. There are several trails, a lake to walk around, playgrounds and ball fields. Every time I go, I typically find several opportunities to take some great photos.