“No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent.”
~William Ellery Channing~
We are a social species, and we have a tendency to allow our self-images to be rooted in the opinions or (mis)conceptions of others.
It is far too easy to become trapped by labels and “definitions” that others place on you.
While it is nice to be aware of your affect on those you love, and it is important to be mindful of how you might make others feel, it is also important to try hard not to base your self-worth and dignity on external opinions.
To be a good person, to be honest and kind to yourself and others, and to make choices that will lead you with happiness; these are the measures by which I have learned to base my moral and personal pride.
I have started to narrow down what makes me most happy: To be kind— all around KIND.
While this may seem to contradict my above statements (on not defining yourself by others standards), it is (also) is a decision I made for myself. Because being kind to other people is what makes ME feel good. Also, it is something that my family, in particular my mother, taught me, and I find it to an invaluable characteristic to pass down from generation to generation.
I have two sons who motivate me daily, and are a huge source of inspiration to be kind and treat people nicely. I hope they learn from me what I have learned from me my Mom.
I hope to make this more of my focus on this platform, my blog. I hope to chronicle the special ways in which I display random acts of kindness.
This was inspired by quite a few people, but most recently, I have rediscovered a global campaign that I find to be absolutely beautiful. It’s called Guerilla Goodness, and if you follow that link, you can read all about it. I hope you take the time to do so, and I hope it finds a place into your heart as it has with mine over the last 3 years, and mainly within the last few weeks.