What If You Take The Time To Be Kind?

I am reminded nearly every day that none of us truly know what someone else is going through. We make a lot of assumptions and snap judgements, but the truth is that we usually barely know the subjects of our opinions.

Being back in a group work environment brings this reality into sharp focus. Now that I’m part of a moving machine of 30-odd individuals again, it’s easy to lose my patience or feel irritated by others. I am not made for the work I’m doing. I’m good at it, but it’s not necessarily good for me. I notice this when I become frustrated and irritable with others, often because of our simple differences.

I want to use this situation as an opportunity to expand my kindness. I’ve always had a difficult time working with people who aren’t competent in their tasks, no matter how nice they are as human beings. It bothers me. I want everyone to pull their weight. I know that I need to accept that no work environment will be perfect, and being kind will get me much further than being “right”. Sometimes I have to think to myself: do I want to be remembered as a compassionate person, or do I want to be remembered as someone who was great at my job but always frustrated and complaining?

It is just a job. In the end, it doesn’t matter. It is not who I am and it does not define me – unless I allow it to define me. I’d like to take a different path now. A path where I am kind and understanding, regardless of my surroundings or circumstances.

Basically, I want to be a better human and let go of some of my ingrained habits and prejudices. I know that I’m impatient. I don’t want it to get in the way of my connection to and sympathy for the humanity of others.

So I ask you – how can you take the time to be kind today? What can you shift in your own life so that you create space for compassion, understanding and connection? It’s such a gift – our unique ability to connect with each other. I know that if we are all just a bit kinder, we can shift this entire world.

Sending you love.

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