Sparks #19

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My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

The Dalai Lama said “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” I think that sums up my Spark for today perfectly.

Unkind people can be so difficult to deal with, especially if they hurt us.  We want to fight back, to retaliate.  But that never improves the situation, and it never resolves anything; it only creates more conflict and more hurt. So often the person who is being unkind is doing this from a place of being hurt or damaged inside that we can’t see and aren’t aware of.  We never know what someone else has gone through or is going through that is causing them to be unkind.

I think it is very possible to respond to all situations with kindness.  That doesn’t mean we have to accept being treated badly, or approve of someone’s behavior if they are being unkind, but we can show them through our response that there is a better way, a higher way, the way of love.

You never know, our kindness might just make a difference in their lives or at least give them something to think about,  and it will most definitely help us keep in line with the kind of person we want to be… unruffled by people and events in the world around us.

When you find yourself in conflict with someone, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “Am I being kind?”

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there,  and maybe share something too!

untitled (51)Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

11 thoughts on “Sparks #19”

  1. This is so very true, Josie. Sometimes we have bad days and say things we shouldn’t. We need to apologize when we do that. If I’ve ever done anything to hurt you, I’m sorry.

    Have a day filled with love. ♥

  2. This is such a lovely Spark. It’s so difficult to be kind to caustic people. But, we never know the back story as to why they are acting this way, at this particular time. As hard as it is to try and put ourselves in their shoes, sometimes it makes dealing with their unkindness. And, you’re so right….our response just might make all the difference in their day.

  3. Josie,

    I agree. I try my best to be kind to those who do not treat me so well. Maybe, it won’t fix that person at that moment but perhaps down the line, it will change the heart of this individual. God has a way of working things out. Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

  4. Great Spark! When I want to return unkindness with the same (which happens way to often) I am reminded that as he about to be crucified Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”. Makes me stop and say a quick prayer instead.

  5. I know when I am grumpy myself, there is usually and underlying reason, which you so kindly recognized. I think of Michelle Obama, when they go low, we go high.

  6. Oscar is not unkind! He is just a bit…grouchy. There is a difference. Yes, I also thought of the Dalai Lama’s quote about kindness. I do this intentionally. When someone is mean, I will engage them. Bill always is amused, because he will see the interaction slowly redirect the person. At the end, they are usually defused. He just shakes his head. But, BE THE CHANGE. That is my purpose with Sparks. I am glad you are enjoying this, too. Hugs.
    Sparks: 19
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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