I usually don't post on weekends. However, when I found out that "World Kindness Day" is celebrated on November 13th, I had to post. I mean...if I'm being honest here, I think right now the world needs kindness more than ever. I don't usually talk politics on social media, and especially never on my blog. I understand and respect that it is a very personal subject -- and of course, controversial. No one is going to agree on everything. We all have different opinions and beliefs, and that's okay. It's what makes us all extraordinary human beings. No one wants to be a carbon copy of the next person. We are all unique in our own way. And I respect that.
With that being said, I cannot stand behind hate and discrimination. At this day in age, it is really sad that this is still such a strong presence in our society. By now I would have hoped that somehow the world could embrace kindness, rather than hatred. Yet it seems like it's a struggle, for some more than others.
I believe that we all have the power to let kindness win. To be strong enough to push away the negative. To have courage. Although it's a fairytale, Cinderella was so wise.
The other day my son came home from school with a homework assignment. His first grade class is learning about Respect. They are focusing on not only respecting others, but respecting themselves as well. His assignment was to write 3 different things he does to respect himself. I read him the examples his teacher provided, but did not prompt him otherwise. He came up with this...
So today, on "World Kindness Day," I challenge you. I challenge you to think about 3 things you can do to respect yourself and others.
Do you have the courage to be kind?