“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writer’s Note: I originally published this post on Instagram. I wrote this post based on some of the responses I received from a previous post called “Why Can Kindness Be So Difficult?“
Last week I wrote about why it is difficult to be kind. The response I received was overwhelmingly positive, and I wanted to follow up with what many of you commented on and shared with me. @twenty_grapes_clb said that kindness requires patience. Often times we have to take a step back before we can do an act of kindness towards another person.
😁 Being kind can be a simple act. @kristinagorisek shared how smiling is an easy way to be kind. When you interact with someone, a smile can make that moment more positive for someone. Also, smiling helps you feel better as well.
👨👩👧👦 @lana_alada shared how being close to family can be difficult, but we have to kind to those who are closest to us. Our families depend on us, and they should be our priority.
🌑 Be kind to those who ae in their darkest moments. Someone on my blog commented how when their dad passed away it meant a lot to them when people shared about how he was kind to others. It means a lot when someone is struggling when you take the moment to share a simple act of kindness with them. It could be something simple like sharing a memory or sending a note telling them that you care.
Thank you to those who shared about being kind last week. Your thoughts helped me know how I can be kinder to others. Being kind is a great way to stand out like this tree I saw at Fisher Farm Park when I visited last fall. This one tree was my favorite subject when I visited this park. It was just standing there out in the open, proud to be there. Let kindness be the way that you stand out.
How are some ways we can stand out by being kind?