People are being unkind and mean-spirited to each other.
You see it everywhere. The ugliness creeps in like a dark fog rolling over the road you’re on, blurring your clearest path forward.
You experience it on social media, television shows, workplaces, schools (and to think in 2019 these places were all past times to get away for a minute!)
It’s all-consuming, but that’s not the scariest part of all:
The scariest thing (to me) is all the people who use their anger as an excuse to be unkind, unlawful, disloyal, rude, and cruel to others.
Because of their inability to cope with their negative feelings, they take it out on others. Unabashedly. Unapologetically. Uncaring.
This is not the world I want to live in. This is not the world I want my children to know.
I was raised to treat others the way you want to be treated; with love, kindness, and compassion. I was also raised in a space where I felt love, seen, and important. When I don’t know what to do, I turn to my quiet safe space in my faith and family. It is my solace, my protector, my guide, where I find peace and unconditional love.
In meditating and praying about all the unkindness in this world today, I was reminded of Ephesians 4:32 which says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
And it hit me – we all need to relearn forgiveness. For ourselves, for our families, for those who’ve hurt us.
I know forgiveness is not easy, but I was once told that forgiveness is for you and not the other person. You may never get the apology, but I can I tell you we are all responsible for our own healing and it start with self-kindness and compassion.
Pain is healed through loving acts. Every one of us has the power to do this, every day.
That’s why I’ve started the Kindness Network.
I want to create a movement that empowers people to show up as their best selves, despite what’s going on in the world.
I want to encourage people to love themselves completely, as they are right now.
I want to inspire people to be the light in someone else’s darkness.
I want every community to feel their strongest – physically, mentally, spiritually – at home.
I want to prove that kindness works.
I invite you to join me in this movement. Together, we can spread love, kindness, and compassion to every community, everywhere.