Some of you have seen the movie “UP.” It’s a wonderful touching animation movie which shows the adventures of a lifetime if you pay attention. It made me laugh and cry. I loved the dogs…….”squirrel!”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkqzFUhGPJg&w=560&h=315]
The story that hit close to home was being kind to one another. An old codger that doesn’t know what to do now that the love of his life is gone. He’s then befriended by a young man who reminds him what kindness can bring, but I’m not going to share the entire story. How many of you have been confronted with the choice of being kind or letting your ego get in your way and speaking it’s mind? Sometimes, it can be a bit of a conflict. The results of being kind to another person is a bit like paying it forward. How you treat someone ultimately begets a response to yourself, but also to the next person you meet as well, and so on. Its empowerment at its passive best.
If you are kind to one another, do you actually have that much impact? You do. Haven’t you had someone cut you off in traffic and then find yourself cranky afterward? Maybe come home and kick the dog? Much in the same way, if someone opens the door for you or you get a “thank you” you didn’t expect, it goes on to the next person. Suddenly, you can conquer the world. Wow, what would that show? How would that feel?
We’ve all got someone we would like to treat with more respect; with a more loving nature. What have you done today to make an impact on others? Start a new level of kindness, one of awareness of your impact on others, instead of the adage, “give what you get,” turn it around and practice “kindness begets kindness.” Make a kindness pact to see your impact on others and see what you get back in return. I challenge you today to see what happens when you treat others with kindness. Be aware of what will happen if you treat 10 people with exceptional kindness during this week. The message of “UP,” that kindness makes lives happier and more fulfilling may surprise you. Feel the empowerment it gives you, feel the smile on your face.
With my own Kindest Regards