There are so many things going on in the world and our everyday life, and so many people have so many opinions of everything going on or even of that which could potentially be going on - good or bad. This can cause a mix of emotions that you are carrying around. This is actually currently causing people to act in a variety of ways - from isolating at home to lashing out at strangers on the street. And, this often intensifies during December, holiday seasons, cold months with high utility bills. This blog is a reminder that no matter what is going on around you, and no matter what is happening in the world, you have a choice of how you are going to act.
As the title indicates, the final and wise answer is always the same - be kind. It doesn't matter if you disagree about politics or religion. It doesn't matter if your neighbor didn't shovel their side walk or mow their grass the way you would like. It doesn't matter if you can't afford the presents you want to buy your kids. Nothing matters more than being kind. That is always the best answer.
And, this starts with being kind to yourself. Kind doesn't mean spending money you don't have. It doesn't mean pretending you aren't sad, if you are. It doesn't mean pretending that robberies don't go up during December, so you leave your purchased goods unattended. It just means that you are going to choose kindness, a softness that helps you and those around you.
Start each day connecting to kindness and softness. When things are interrupted or don't go as planned, as often happens, be kind to yourself and those around you. Staying connecting to kindness helps us navigate even the stressful times, and keeps us from doing more than we physically can or spending more money than we have to spend. Do yourself and those around you a favor. Start with kindness, end with kindness. Even if others don't. You'll thank me later.
Happy Holidays from The Center of Love and Acceptance