Live Well
Be Kind
by Lori Girard on February 23rd, 2014

Change your world.

Kindness... so impactful and life changing at times!  Think of how an act of kindness makes you feel.  Grateful, valued, special, relieved, not alone, wanted, encouraged, perhaps un-deserving or surprised.  It's just good.

The world has talked a lot of 'Random Acts of Kindness'  or 'Paying it Forward'.  Have you manged to insert that practice into your everyday life?  I havn't quite mastered a consistant, daily 'Random Act of Kindness' where one looks for opportunity to be kind to someone - even a stranger in a bigger way than normal,  but I would love to live that way!  Do you know of someone who does this regularly?  Perhaps you have been on the other end and experienced an act of kindness towards you.  Did it change you?

I realized a few years ago that kindness (or lack of) can seriously impact a life.  While leading at a youth camp, there was a student who was not enjoying camp at all simply because of someone who was not being kind & was focused on the winning of a silly game rather than how people on the team felt.  Maybe not that big of a deal - but for me it was a small life lesson I took to heart. I love success, I love winning, but at what expense?   I wanted every student to feel valued & LOVE being at camp.  THAT is now my goal... that they have fun & experience true kindness for that one week - all week!  Now opportunities fall into my lap for this constantly!  Yeaaaay!!!

I also then began to think about how I treat the people around me, not only the students I volunteer with but also my daughters...How did they feel around me?  Was I kind?  Do I make them feel valued, wanted, encouraged?  When I am frustrated or hurt or angry (yes I get angry sometimes) - do I still extend kindness?  I ask myself that question & bravely step through the emotions that are self motivated and extend kindness despite what I am feeling. Extending kindness to those closest to us requires selflessness, grace, and setting aside our own agenda's.  Wow - so hard to do at times - but so valuable.  So -Be Kind... change your world.

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Deborah - February 24th, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Love the kindness you show! You are an example to many. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
Lori Girard - February 27th, 2014 at 1:29 PM
Deborah - YOU are an example of kindness! Thanks for the encouraging words!
Michelle - February 25th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Well said Lori. And I love the picture on top.
Lori Girard - February 25th, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Thanks Michelle!
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