So, the holidays were so busy you didn’t quite get around to making any New Year’s resolutions. Or, perhaps you’ve already forgotten what resolutions you made. Or, maybe they’re just too silly to take seriously — “I resolve to start eating more healthy but first I have to eat all the junk food in my house, so I won’t be tempted.”
Thanks to Growing Bolder, where I first saw this, here’s a simple but significant resolution, goal or wish — whatever you want to call it — that is guaranteed to make you, and all those you care for, much happier: Make kindness not an act but a lifestyle.
I like that, don’t you? The simplicity, the wisdom. We’re being called on to be mindful of moments in our lives when a simple act of kindness will make someone — whether family, friend, or stranger — happier and more satisfied. We don’t have to donate a kidney — though that could make a huge difference to somebody — instead as part of our daily lives we can speak words of kindness or offer a smile or a touch. That act of kindness will lead to another — perhaps giving food to the food bank — and another — maybe sitting with someone in the hospital — until before we know it, we’re living a lifestyle of kindness.
A lifestyle of kindness. Talk about something that has a ring to it.
I invite you to join me in making this a year of kindness and caring. Frankly I don’t think our world has ever needed it more. And we can make a difference.