Oh, how I love this one. I love the way that it puts love and kindness together in one simple explanation. I have come to learn in my life, that it is impossible to have real love without kindness; and the more kind we are to those around us, the greater our ability to love increases. I have been growing and learning my entire life, and sometimes, kindness still eludes me. It is easy enough to be kind when others are kind in return, it is so much harder when we are in the position of making a point, or needing information, or wanting control. There is a part of me that is starting to see most unkindness as a means of control; Over others, over our environment, even over life itself.
I may not be capable of, or even have the opportunity to do great things in my life, but I am capable of doing small things with great love in every aspect of the life I am living. Even a smile can warm someone else's heart on a bad day. Life is hard for every. single. one. of us. Maybe at different times and different places, but it can still be very hard. My new goal is to not make anyone else's life harder than it needs to be.
When I think of great acts of love, I think of those who have dedicated their lives to healing the hurt of others. I think of Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Madam Curie, and there are so many others that I can't even begin to name them all. But none of them did one thing for one day. They spent hours, days, weeks, months and years in the service of people. So acts of great love don't usually happen in one moment. They are happening around us every day through the small acts of kindness done toward others.
I want to reek of kindness in everything I do and every action I take. I am tired of being hurt and angry. I am tired of being depressed and anxious. I am tired of worrying and stressing over the next good thing I need or want, or even that someone else needs or wants from me. For too long, I try and be kind to those who are in and out of my life, but somehow I miss out on being kind to those who put up with me and love me in spite of myself. They need to come first, not last.
I wonder why it is so hard to keep them in "first place" in all my doings?
So, I am going to keep trying to be a little kinder and a little gentler to those around me. I am going to try and treat them the way that they deserve. I am going to try not to give them the leftovers of life. I am going to try to give them many small acts of kindness with great amounts of love thrown in. I am going to remind them of what they really mean to me.