Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too.
Without further ado, this weeks words are:
A few days ago I read a post by the lovely Lisa at lisapomerantzer.com providing an update on how things were going since they implemented a new house rule. That rule was simply to be kind (read it here – Update: The Rule of Kind). Reading her amazing post set off a lightbulb moment in my head and reminded me of a good quote I had recently made a note of to use on here, and so this weeks words set.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
How powerful is this quote? And how much better would the world be if we all followed this advice?
Kindness doesn’t have to involve grand gestures and you don’t need to go out of your way to show it. The simplest acts of kindness can have the biggest impact. Think back to the last time you were having a really shitty day and someone did something kind for you, even if it was something as small as a sympathetic smile, or an un-asked for cup of tea. Those small acts may not turn your whole day around but they can certainly provide a touch of light in the darkness.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
And offering kindness doesn’t just help the other person, it uplifts your own mood too. It also has a ripple effect, someone who has been on the receiving end of your kindness will be much more likely to then show kindness towards someone else and back towards you too.
“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
Here are just a few ways you could show some kindness this week:
- Smile and say good morning/afternoon/evening as you pass people in the street. I have lived in a few places where offering this greeting to a stranger got you suspicious look and it’s obviously not practical in a crowded street, but where I live now it’s the norm and I love it.
- Hold a door open for someone
- Let someone out at a junction (being on the receiving end of this one always lifts my mood!)
- Make them a drink (served with cake/biscuits is even better)
- Cook their favourite meal
- Give them a hug
- Offer to help them with something/or do something for them when they are rushed/struggling
- Play a child’s favourite game
- Provide a listening ear/shoulder to cry on
- Tell them you appreciate them
- Praise your children for their good behaviour
- Run your other half a bath
- Focus on your good qualities when you look in the mirror
- Allow yourself some downtime to do what you want to do, whether it’s read a book, have a bath or watch your favourite show
- Stop putting yourself down. It’s something we all do but we really shouldn’t.
These lists are by no means exhaustive but they certainly provide a place to start. I’ll leave you with one last quote:
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Have a great week x